How to Research Your Possible Convict Ancestors

The Course provides a basic introduction to the main sources of information required to locating or confirming Australian convict ancestors and an understanding of the convict system. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording using state and local libraries as well as genealogical organisations. Students are encouraged to bring examples of family members they are trying to trace to workshop with the class.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Alexander, Alison (2010), Tasmania's Convicts, How Felons Built a Free Society. Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Moore, Tony (2010), Death or Liberty, Rebels & Radicals Transported to Australia. Murdock Books, Sydney.

COURSE OUTLINE

Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) that you know how to use as well as the power cable for this course.

  • Basics of family history searching and tips for searching & recording
  • The economic and political context of the convict period
  • Trials, gaols, hulks and transportation records (UK and Australian)
  • Records of the convict system of administration in Australia
  • Secondary sources, eg cemetery records, newspaper sources

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have an understanding of the nature of primary sources of information that can be used to find possible convict ancestors, including Australian State Archives, Australian Birth Death Marriage sources; Census, musters and Electoral Rolls.
  2. Have an understanding of other sources that may supplement primary sources, for example cemetery records, newspaper sources, the Ryerson Index and online forums.
  3. Have gained the skills to find suitable primary and secondary sources of information relevant to their own background to help build family histories.
  4. Have gained some skills to record and save the results of their searches, in both physical files and computer files and to make more informed decisions about the usefulness of commercial family history software.
$129 Limited / $116

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27 Aug
Please be advised that you will need to bring your own fully charged device (laptop or tablet) as well as the power cable for this course. This class has been postponed to Winter term by request of the tutor.

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