Using Convict Records to Go Back

The wonderful Tasmanian Archives site has a wealth of records available online – particularly for those researching their convict ancestors. My ancestor, Elizabeth ALLEN arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) aboard the convict ship, Margaret in 1843.  The details given by her where recorded upon her arrival. Coming from a large city like Birmingham, with a relatively common name, … Read more Using Convict Records to Go Back

I Feel the Need… the Need for FOCUS

I’ve been MIA the last few weeks as I travelled back to Australia for my brother’s wedding (which was lovely). Sadly, my grandmother’s health has deteriorated and she has now moved to Sydney to be closer to my uncle. (Interestingly, she is a direct descendant of the BUCHAN lunatics I’ve been blogging about and is … Read more I Feel the Need… the Need for FOCUS

Black Sheep Sunday

Hobart Town from the New Town Road by J.S. Prout (1844) via Carrying on from last week’s Black Sheep Sunday post. I have managed to have find some more snippets of information of my Black Sheep duo – George WHITE and Elizabeth ALLEN. World Vital Records offered free records until the 18th (tomorrow) so … Read more Black Sheep Sunday

Black Sheep Sunday

Some more details of two of my family’s black sheep: I first mentioned George White and Elizabeth Allen in my post, Woman of my Conviction. Both were transported to Tasmania, Australia (then known as Van Diemen’s Land) for their respective crimes in the early 19th century. Convicts in Tasmania were not allowed to marry each … Read more Black Sheep Sunday

Woman of my Convictions

I found out last year that I have convict blood coursing through these law-abiding veins. Alice Ann WHITE was born in Victoria, Australia in 1860. Her parents names on the birth certificate left no clues that both her parents were actually freed convicts. The only reference to their previous life was that both of their … Read more Woman of my Convictions