Hi there Wikitreers,
I am at a road block in my family tree. I'm seeking someone who is able to access historical York Assizes court records and so might help me to expand on their family line some.
My ancestor Thomas Moss was convicted of Sheep Stealing in York Assizes court, then transported to Sydney, Australia for his penance (on the 1st convict voyage of the ship Asia) arriving 1833.
I have enough information from his time in Australia, but am seeking something that might link Thomas with his family left behind in England.
Is there any chance that court documents might have recorded his personal details that relate to his time in England?
The time frame is before Censuses were conducted in England, so that leaves only birth & marriage records. Thomas Moss is such a common name that it has been a challenge to be confident the records relate to 'our' Thomas. So my thought is that maybe there is information that might be uncovered through his court transcripts (they are the next most current identifiable English documents).
Any advice you could offer (no matter how little) will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.