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Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: S. Wade
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9781848840577
Other: b&w photos, sketches, bibliog, glossary, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Did you have a criminal in the family, an ancestor who was caught on the wrong side of the law? If you have ever had suspicions about the illicit activities of your relatives, or are fascinated by the history of crime and punishment, this is the book for you.

Stephen Wade's useful introduction to this fascinating subject will help you discover and investigate the life stories of individuals who had a criminal past. The crimes they committed, the conditions in which they lived, the policing and justice system that dealt with them - all these aspects of criminal history are covered as are the many types of crime they were guilty of - murder, robbery, fraud, sexual offences, poaching, protest and public disorder.

Graphic case studies featuring each type of crime are included, dating from the Georgian period up until the present day. All of these cases are reconstructed using information gleaned from the many sources available to researchers - libraries, archives, books and the internet among them.

- 'Criminal': A Survey of the Word in Sources
- A Summary of Historical Crime Research
- The Courts in History
- Officials in the Criminal Justice System
- The Process of Research
- The National Archives
- Local Record Offices
- Internet Resources
- A Survey of 'Small Business': Summary Courts and Court Leets
- Records in Courts for Summary Offences
- Debtors, Deserters and Drunks
- Constables, Community and Parish
- Research Process
- Case Studies
1. Varieties of Homicide
- Murder and Attempted Murder
- Felo de se: Suicide
- Manslaughter
- Infanticide
- Petty Treason
- Cannibalism
- Diminished Responsibility and Insanity Defences
- Research Process
- Case Studies
2. Other Crimes Against the Person
- Assaults
- Bodily Harm
- Research Process
- Case Studies
3. Social Protest
- Public Disorder and Riots/Mutiny
- Radicalism and Political Movements
- Research Process
- Case Studies
4. Theft and Robbery
- Robbery and Highway Robbery
- Grand Larceny and Larceny
- Theft
- Research Process
- Case Studies
5. Rural Crime: Game, Animals, Arson and Poaching
- Property and Fear
- The Concept of Social Crime
- The Bloody Code
- Poaching and Stealing Animals
- Research Process
- Case Studies
6. Fraud and Deception
- Uttering and Counterfeiting
- Forgery
- Conmen and Swindlers
- Research Process
- Case Studies
7. Offences Sexual and Immoral
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Sodomy
- Obscenity and Pornography
- Bigamy
- Prostitution
- Abduction
- Research Process
- Case Studies
8. Treason and Political Crimes
- Treason
- Sedition
- Espionage
- Political Crime
- Research Process
- Case Studies
9. Destinations: Prison, Asylum, Hulks, Transportation
- Prison History and Records
- Asylum and the Care of the Insane
- The Hulks
- Transportation
- Case Studies
10. A Survey of Sources and Records
- Introduction
- Alphabetical List
Afterword: The Process of Research
Bibliography and Resources
A Final Note and Research Still Ongoing

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