Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 510 pages
Author: D. Hawkings
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780750950572
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos, bibliog, appendixes, index
Publisher: The History Press

Many of our ancestors lived through difficult times; some resorted to crime for mere survival and suffered imprisonment for the most trivial offences. A genealogist who discovers a criminal in the family tree will need to know how to trace that person, and for this 'Criminal Ancestors' is an invaluable guide.

David Hawkins' revised and updated study included surveys of material held by all County and Borough Records Officers, The National Archives, police archives and other repositories, as well as numerous example cases and illustrations, appendixes with source material and a case history to show the extent to which one individual can be researched.

This unique and richly illustrated book provides the essential research and reference tool which no genealogist, social historian, criminologist or the simply curious should be without.

Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
1. Prisons and Prison Life
2. Criminal Registers
3. Calendars of Prisons
4. Courts of Quarter Sessions
5. Assize Courts
6. The Old Bailey and Central Criminal Court
7. The Palatinate Courts
8. The Courts of Great Sessions of Wales
9. The Courts of King's (Queen's) Bench
10. Forgers of Bank Notes and Coins
11. Police Records of Criminals
 - Part 1. Habitual Drunkards
 - Part 2. Persons Sentenced to Penal Servitude
 - Part 3. Information
12. Petty Sessions and Juvenile Offenders
13. Assize Vouchers, Sheriffs' Cravings and Payments, Treasury Warrants and Money Books
14. Criminal Lunatics
15. Transportation to America 1615 to 1775
16. Transportation to Australia 1787 to 1868
17. Prison Registers and Prison Hulk Records
18. Prison Books and Journals
19. Captions, Transfer Papers and Licences
20. Home Office Warrants and Correspondence
21. Respites, Remissions and Pardons
22. Other Home Office Documents Recording Criminals
23. The Records of the Director of Public Prosecutions
24. Bankrupts and Debtors
25. The Case Study of Thomas Hartnell
Notes on Appendixes
Appendix 1. Using the Records
Appendix 2. Calendar of Prisoners, and Prison Registers and Journals in the County Record Offices and Other Local Repositories
Appendix 3. Criminal Records of the Courts of Great Sessions of Wales at the National Library of Wales
Appendix 4. Records in The National Archives
Appendix 5. Criminal Records Held in Police Archives for the Period up to c.1900
Appendix 6. The Police Gazette
Appendix 7. Counties, with Courts of Jurisdiction
Appendix 8. Existing Prisons in England and Wales which Were in Use Prior to 190
Index of Place Name, Prison Hulks and Ships
Index of Personal Names

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