Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

13/8/2012

Dorset, England, Convict Transportation Records, 1724-1791

Transportation as a punishment for convicted criminals in England came about in the seventeenth century. Transportation meant criminals were essentially exiled to one of England’s colonies for a set number of years or even for life. Many of the convicts in these records are being sent “across the seas” to America or Africa. Sentences tended to be harsh, and convicts could be transported for what might be considered minor offenses today. for more click here

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