Search for your ancestors in 518,000 records of criminals who passed through the justice system in England and Wales between 1770 and 1934. It's possible to chart your ancestors' progress through the justice system, from the crimes they committed and their sentencing to their punishment and release. You can also view records for victims of crime.
Search records of 17,644 prisoners for the period 1818-1831. The records relate to convicts held in prison hulks Cumberland, Dolphin and Ganymede. Hulks were ships used as floating prisons, often when they were no longer fit for battle but were still afloat.
It's possible to find out the following about your ancestors from these records: * Name and age * Number * Address and where born * Physical description: height, complexion, make, visage, eye and hair colour * Married or single * Offence * Conviction: when and where * Sentence * Discharge: where and how * Gaoler's report
Search records of 175,835 prisoners for the period 1855-1931. The after-trial calendars provide details of prisoners from each trial calendar or session.
Each record will usually tell you the following about your ancestors: * Name and age * Trade * Degree of instruction * Nam and address of committing magistrate * When received into custody * Offence as charged * When tried and before whom * Jury's verdict * Sentence or order of court
Search records of 301,359 people for the period 1868-1929. The records comprise after trial calendars, which are lists of prisoners tried at assizes and quarter sessions.
The records will usually tell you the following about your ancestors: * Name and age * Number * Trade * Previous convictions * Name and address of committing magistrates * Date of warrant * When received into custody * Offence as charged in the commitment * When tried and before whom * Jury's verdict * Sentence or order of the court
These records contain details of petitions for 16,309 people for the period 1817-1858.
Convicted criminals, or their family and friends, made a petition when they wanted to revoke or reduce the sentence. Sometimes the governors of convict prisons recommended prisoners
for early release for good behaviour.
These petition records can tell you the following information: * Name of convicted prisoner * Crime committed * Date of sentence * Original sentence * Name/s of petitioner/s * Grounds for clemency
In many cases, the outcome of pleas for clemency was recorded, e.g., commuted sentence, free pardon, etc.
These records provide details of 5,824 habitual drunkards for the period 1903-1914.
These records comprise portraits and descriptions circulated weekly to licensed persons and secretaries of clubs. What makes these records especially exciting is that there are
usually two photographs per habitual drunkard: face on and profile.
The records can tell you the following: * Name and aliases * Age * Residence * Place of business or where employed * Detailed physical description: height, build, complexion, hair, eyes, shape of nose, shape of face, peculiarities or marks * Profession or occupation * Date and nature of conviction * Court at which convicted * Remarks
Search records for 1,145 people covering the period 1880-1885.
These records contain photo albums of criminals, so as well as details about your ancestor's conviction and prisoner number, you'll be able to view a photo of them.
These records contain the following sources of information about your criminal ancestors: * Photo albums * Registers of prisoners and habitual criminals * Minute books * Visitors books * Order books * Assizes and quarter sessions calendars * Other records relating to various prisons in England, Wales and Gibraltar and to some ship prisons
How do I search these records?
You can search by entering first name, last name, year of birth, county of birth and keywords. We always recommend you enter as little information as possible to begin with, such as
a first or last name, then add more detail to your search if you need to narrow down your results.
You can search the records by each individual set or all the records together.
Search for your ancestors in 518,000 records of criminals who passed through the justice system in England and Wales between 1770 and 1934.
It's possible to chart your ancestors' progress through the justice system, from the crimes they committed and their sentencing to their punishment and release.
You can also view records for victims of crime. Both men and women are included in the records.
We have published these records online for the very first time, in association with The National Archives. See the TNA reference number in the title for each series.
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