New Crime and Punishment Records for England and Wales

Findmypast has recently released over 1.9 million new Crime and Punishment records for England and Wales. These include:

England and Wales Crime, Prisons & Punishment 1770-1935 – details of what crimes were committed, when and where the perpetrators were tried and what the sentences were. Victim’s details can also be found in the collection. Petitions for clemency, behaviour reports, photographs and even physical descriptions might also be found. At over 3 million transcripts plus scans of the original documents, it is the largest collection of Crime, Prisons and Punishment records for England and Wales currently available online.

Home Office: Newgate Prison Calendar 1782-1853 – from printed lists of prisoners to be tried at Newgate, the infamous debtors and felons prison since the 12th century. From July 1822, manuscript additions include the results of the trials.

Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876 – almost 639,600 records – lists of convicts on the prison hulks, in prisons and in criminal lunatic asylums 1824-1854. Names, ages, convictions and sentences of convicts.

Also included in this new release are:

Home Office: Criminal Entry Books 1782-1871
272,950 records – copies of Home Office letters

Home Office: Old Captions and Transfer Papers 1843-1871
3,660 copies of court orders

Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887
36,700 parole records of male convicts

Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals’ registers and miscellaneous papers
Details of over 151,330 individuals


Who Do You Think You Are – New Series

The BBC Media Centre has announced that the BBC will be screening the 12th series of Who Do You Think You Are this summer. This popular genealogy research based television series presents well known celebrities discovering their ancestry with the help of genealogists, archivists and researchers.

This new series boasts many well known names including Sir Derek Jacobi, Jane Seymour, Frank Gardner and Frances de la Tour.

As always, no expense is spared to connect our celebrities to locations that have historic significance to their lives and the lives of their ancestors and the Tower of London, Tasmania, the Punjab in India and the Wild West of America are among the places visited.

When the Who Do You Think You Are series first started, there were many helpful ‘how to’s’ included in each programme for the amateur genealogist but these disappeared as the series continued and evolved.

However, there is still much to be learned that will be useful to family historians so I’d suggest that these programmes are a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in learning more about how to discover their ancestry.