Would it be appropriate to call this new Ancestry.ca collection, only 2,634 records of people held in the local jail for relatively minor offences such as drunk and disorderly, quaint? There are more serious cases of people remanded for trial by a higher court.
Details in this index include prisoners name, age, location, marital status, faith, whether or not they were temperate, the crime committed, the sentence, who did the sentencing and length of time served.
The original Peterborough jail register covers additional years (c. 1860–1905) and is held at the Archives of Ontario. Photocopies are available at the Trent Valley Archives.