This month, we look back at some of the exciting records recently released , look ahead to a month of crime, prisons and punishment and give you the chance to win a subscription. 


Spend the month discovering your criminal ancestors

We've just launched Crime, Prisons and Punishment Month on Findmypast. Over the coming weeks, you can look forward to millions of new crime and convict records, fun stories and quizzes and expert guides and webinars to help you trace the law makers and law breakers in your family tree.

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The real Banished - discover your convict ancestors

To coincide with the Australian launch of TV drama Banished, we recently added over 250,000 new convict and prison records to the site. They include records of convict ships, applications to marry and pardons as well as female prison records from Victoria. Discover your ancestors in these fascinating records now.

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New Irish collections

Over 70,000 new Irish records were added to the site in June including Sligo workhouse registers and Clare poor law unions board of guardians minute books. Both of these record sets provide a fascinating glimpse at the poorest residents of rural Ireland during the Famine and beyond. Discover your ancestors in these fascinating records that you won't find anywhere else online.

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Win a World Subscription

Be in with a chance of winning a 12 month World subscription by entering our competition. Simply email your answer to this question to

Convict Hugh McGregor applied to be married in New South Wales in 1849. What was his spouse's name?

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