Starting in 1788, Great Britain sent about 160,000 convicts to Australia, predominantly New South Wales.
Today, an estimated one in five Australians has a convict ancestor. Think youre among them? To mark Australia Day (Jan. 26), Ancestry.coms Australian site is letting you search 2.3 million convict and criminal-related records free through Sunday, Jan. 31
Note that youll need to sign up for a free registration to search. (If you subscribe to Ancestry.coms World Deluxe Collection, the convict records are included in your subscription.)
Thanks to @NSWGenealogy for tweeting this news.