Friday, 29 July 2016

Findmypast gets further into crime

A list of the 22 TNA record series included in Findmypast's England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935 risks provoking that eye-glazing look. Most are from the HO (Home Office). This update adds 2,518,039 records for a total 5,514,003.

The largest collection is Home Office: criminal registers, England and Wales (Series HO 27) with 1,320,938 records. Next is Home Office: convict hulks, convict prisons and criminal lunatic asylums, quarterly returns of prisoners (Series HO 8) - 1,284,781 records

Expect to find records that duplicate the same information. I found what appeared to be much the same information in records from PCOM2 and HO140 for a relative convicted of selling fake Beecham pills. One gave the additional information he was convicted in Clerkenwell, the other he was incarcerated in Wandsworth.

Admiralty: registers of convicts in prison hulks (Series ADM 6) -17,644 records
Central Criminal Court: after-trial calendars of prisoners (Series CRIM 9) - 152,226 records
Home Office: convicts, miscellanea (Series HO 7) - 1,425 records
Home Office: convict hulks, convict prisons and criminal lunatic asylums, quarterly returns of prisoners (Series HO 8) - 1,284,781 records
Home Office: correspondence and warrants (Series HO 13) - 272,948 records
Home Office: criminal petitions, part 1 (Series HO 17) - 16,558 records
Home Office: criminal petitions, part 2 (Series HO 18) - 19,638 records
Home Office: register of criminal petitions (Series HO 19) - 77,041 records
Home Office: registers of Prisoners from National Prisons lodged in County Prisons 1847-1866 (Series HO 23) - 13,665 records
Home Office: prison registers and statistical returns 1838-1875 (Series HO 24) - 85,982 records
Home Office: criminal registers, Middlesex (Series HO 26) - 141,654 records
Home Office: criminal registers, England and Wales (Series HO 27) - 1,320,938 records
Home Office: judges’ reports on criminals 1784-1830 (Series HO 47) - 7,673 records
Home Office: Newgate Prison calendar 1782-1853 (Series HO 77) - 339,387 records
Home Office: miscellaneous criminal books 1798-1831 (Series HO 130) - 888 records
Home Office: calendar of prisoners (Series HO 140) - 637,410 records
Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records (Series PCOM 2) - 814,942 records
Home Office and Prison Commission: male licences 1853-1887 (Series PCOM 3) - 38,272 records
Home Office and Prison Commission: female licences (Series PCOM 4) - 3,963 records
Home Office: old captions and transfer papers (Series PCOM 5) - 3,665 records
Metropolitan Police: criminal record office, habitual criminals' registers and miscellaneous papers (Series MEPO 6) - 151,333 records
Treasury: departmental accounts, convict hulks (Series T 38) - 158,251 records

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