‘Edmund (Ned) Collins 1817 - 1862; the Convict Baker’s Boy,’

Edmund Collins, known to his friends as Ned, was a 17-year-old Baker's apprentice in Berkshire.  He should have stuck to his trade. What happened to him, and how he came to be the family's First Arrival, remained a family mystery, until 2017 when newly released NSW convict records revealed his history as Australian Royalty.  A case study in tracing convict ancestors, this book is both the story of a young man who found himself on the wrong side of the law in 1835 and a guide to researching your convict forbears.  It contains tips and hints on how and where clues might lie, where to find free sources of convict records and how persistence, patience and an understanding of State records and newspaper archives can remove bricks from the genealogical wall. 

Ned’s story is told through the eyes of Family Historian and writer Christine Sutton, a genealogist and family historian with over 37 years of Family History experience.  Throughout the book, Chris shares her research methods and the physical and electronic sources of information used to bring down the brick walls surrounding Ned’s origin.  Not only will readers find this book helpful in overcoming their inevitable brick walls and finding new sources of information, but they will also discover a little more about the life, times and struggles of ordinary people in a very vibrant period of Australian history.

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