Were your ancestors in trouble with the law? Now's the time to find out, as it's Convict, Crime, and Punishment month at Findmypast, and we’re excited to be able to announce the addition of 1.9 million historic criminal records, spanning 1779-1936, which are available online for the first time, only on Findmypast.
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Presented in association with The UK's National Archives, these records join our existing crime, prisons and punishment records to comprise a collection of almost three million, the largest collection of crime records available anywhere online. Discover your ne'er-do-well relatives who passed through the justice system in England and Australia between 1779 and 1936. Find out where they stood trial, what sentence they were given, and whether they landed on what became their home shore as a transported convict.
You can find physical descriptions and photographs and petitions sent by them and their family and friends to have sentences reduced. Find out if they were executed or transported and even read official correspondence about their case in this extraordinarily rich collection of records that cover the justice system from the days of the Bloody Code, where most property crimes carried a death sentence to the justice system we know today.
The records reveal the many ordinary and extraordinary stories of criminals, victims and policemen from the criminal history books. Some collections include colour images of mugshots, as well as detailed accounts of Victorian serial killers, notorious executioners, prime ministerial assassins and the very first ASBOs. You never know what you might find once you start exploring.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be exploring all of these brand new record sets to uncover the stories of the crimes that shocked, amused and intrigued, as well as looking at the criminal ancestors of celebrities (and members of the Findmypast team).
Stay tuned for more on history’s greatest scoundrels and explore all of our crime and punishment records to discover the jailbirds in your family tree.