24 January 2019

The Genealogist adds further prisoner records

The Genealogist has added almost 700,000 entries for prisoners in its Court and Criminal Records collection. Sourced from the HO 8 Registers held by The National Archives, these documents contain records from the years 1821 to 1876. It expands the criminal record collection to over 2.3 million individuals.

These Prison Registers give family history researchers details of ancestors who were imprisoned in a number of convict prisons from Broadmoor to the Warrior Convict Hulk. The records reveal the names of prisoners, offences the prisoner had been convicted for, the date of their trial and where they were tried.

Use the quarterly prison registers to find ancestors guilty of crimes ranging from theft, highway robbery and libel to murder; discover the sentences received; the age of a prisoner; where they were sentenced and to which prison they were sent.

Note that Findmypast also has 5,762,300 records in a collection England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935 derived from the HO 8 Registers which TNA refers to as Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners.

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