World Archives Project: Middlesex, England, Convict Transportation Contracts, 1682-1787

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About this project This is a collection of Middlesex Quarter Sessions Court orders for convicts to be transfered to British Colonies. Specifically the convicts were transferred to America, the Caribbean, or, in later years, Australia. Keyers are asked to key the names of all of the convicts as they appear on the image. Most images will contain names of multiple convicts.

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Transportation Sheet

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Any form with information regarding the convicts and ship masters that are being keyed should be marked as content form type.

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Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", or "Mr" as a prefix.Key the names of all the convicts on the record only once. Convict names will appear in the second section on the record which generally starts with "Whereas" or "The Condition."  Type each name appearing in this section only once. The list of convicts appears a second time after the words "stand converted," "And whereas" or "the said convicts." Do not key the convict names again. However, you may look at the names in this section to assist you in keying the names if they are more legible than how they are written in the earlier paragraph. Names appearing in the section beginning with "Noverint" are not to be keyed. Due to the format of the record names may go from one line onto the next, make sure to look onto the next line to ensure you have keyed the entire name. Names are not always separated with commas so you will need to determine where the individual's name begins and ends. Use the provided drop-down list to assist you in keying the names.
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Given

Key the names of all the convicts on the record only once. Convict names will appear in the second section on the record which generally starts with "Whereas" or "The Condition."  Type each name appearing in this section only once. The list of convicts appears a second time after the words "stand converted," "And whereas" or "the said convicts." Do not key the convict names again. However, you may look at the names in this section to assist you in keying the names if they are more legible than how they are written in the earlier paragraph. Names appearing in the section beginning with "Noverint" are not to be keyed. Due to the format of the record names may go from one line onto the next, make sure to look onto the next line to ensure you have keyed the entire name. Names are not always separated with commas so you will need to determine where the individual's name begins and ends. Use the provided drop-down list to assist you in keying the names.
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Surname

Key the names of all the convicts on the record only once. Convict names will appear in the second section on the record which generally starts with "Whereas" or "The Condition."  Type each name appearing in this section only once. The list of convicts appears a second time after the words "stand converted," "And whereas" or "the said convicts." Do not key the convict names again. However, you may look at the names in this section to assist you in keying the names if they are more legible than how they are written in the earlier paragraph. Names appearing in the section beginning with "Noverint" are not to be keyed. Due to the format of the record names may go from one line onto the next, make sure to look onto the next line to ensure you have keyed the entire name. Names are not always separated with commas so you will need to determine where the individual's name begins and ends. Use the provided drop-down list to assist you in keying the names.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the convict.Key the names of all the convicts on the record only once. Convict names will appear in the second section on the record which generally starts with "Whereas" or "The Condition."  Type each name appearing in this section only once. The list of convicts appears a second time after the words "stand converted," "And whereas" or "the said convicts." Do not key the convict names again. However, you may look at the names in this section to assist you in keying the names if they are more legible than how they are written in the earlier paragraph. Names appearing in the section beginning with "Noverint" are not to be keyed. Due to the format of the record names may go from one line onto the next, make sure to look onto the next line to ensure you have keyed the entire name. Names are not always separated with commas so you will need to determine where the individual's name begins and ends. Use the provided drop-down list to assist you in keying the names.
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Alias Given

Alias names will follow the name of the convict and the word "Alias." Use the drop-down list provided to determine if the alias is a given alias or surname alias. If two names appear after the alias, the first should be the given alias, and the second should be the surname alias.
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Alias Surname

Alias names will follow the name of the convict and the word "Alias." Use the drop-down list provided to determine if the alias is a given alias or surname alias. If two names appear after the alias, the first should be the given alias, and the second should be the surname alias.
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Transportation Sheet

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Select transportation sheet for all images that contain information about the court order.



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