Millions of Brits have Aussie ancestors

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As many as one in four Britons may have ancestors who moved to Australia -- of their own free will -- in the 19th and early 20th centuries, online records show.

Despite the much-publicised transportation of criminals to Australia, most Britons who went there in the 1800s did so voluntarily, according to the records.

The names of almost nine million people who travelled to, and within, the country over almost 100 years are revealed in a database billed as one of the most comprehensive ever.

More than 2.2 million of the three million free settlers who travelled to Australia during this time were British, the records for found.

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