The following links we have found useful (no longer active
links deleted 2020)
(1) Shipping Indexes
site for understanding villages and street names
(6) suggested by Jane Poskitt for Cornish data: the OPC site www.cornwall-opc.org ?
(7) FreeBMD, which is amazing and much better to search
than any of the commercial sites. There is also FreeCEN, for
censuses and FreeREG for Parish Records. Some of it is on-line and
searchable already, but it's a slow process as it's all being done
by a bunch of volunteers across the county and I expect beyond.
All the records are being updated constantly and it's not complete,
but very near and getting further along all the time. Records are
now appearing into the 1900s that weren't there some months back.
The site addresses are:
Do go and look at the sites, they can all be accessed from one
If you fancy some neck-stiffening work then you could always
volunteer. There are some areas that still need people, but it
doesn't matter much which you cover, the ones I've been doing are
baptisms and once you've written in the area at the top, you don't
need to again. You're likely to find it easier than me, with our
iMac, if you've got a PC as the software is easily downloadable on
the site. There are several ways to access the hand written records,
inc microfiche, CD, etc just need to ask the area co-ordinator which
is best for you and your area. It's not difficult, but necessary
work for us all.
Please note that the whole project is sponsored by Ancestry,
Rootsweb and The Bunker (whoever they may be), bless them all.
The records you can buy on these and other commercial site take
their data from these transcribers. They will, therefore, not be as
up to date as the original sites, as above.
Mrs Jackie Leevers
Bones in the Belfry home page
page last updated 26 Mar 2007 22 Feb 2017
Research and Reading Notes
The Long Farewell, by Don Charlesworth
The Convict Ships, by Charles Bateson
The Convict Years, by Margo Weidenhoffer
The Third Fleet
Crimes of the First Fleet, by Copley
The Convicts, 1788-1792
This Peculiar Colony, R Rose (Rigby)