We all know how difficult it is researching our female ancestors given they rarely left an historical footprint in the same way as their menfolk. So I'm pleased to see that until 11.59 pm, 10 May, Ancestry.com.au is giving free access to 13 collections aimed at researching our female ancestors.
They are a mix of Australian, UK (including Scotland), Ireland and US collections.
If you have convict ancestors in Australia, I particularly recommend the Applications for and Admissions to Orphan Schools 1817-1833 and the Tasmania, Australia, Baptisms of Children of Convicted Women, 1833-1854.
If female convicts were permitted to bring their children with them to Australia, or they bore children once they got here while still serving their sentence, then they were taken from them and put into the orphanage.
Just be aware that in my experience, the NSW Orphan schools collection is incomplete and not all records have survived, unfortunately.
Click here to go to the relevant Ancestry page.
Happy ancestor hunting.
Your Family Genealogist.
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