Monday, 24 January 2011

Free access to English and Welsh criminal registers

Ancestry ( has announced that it is providing free access to its England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 database until the end of the month.

The source information is given as follows:

Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales; Records created or inherited by the Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies, Series HO 26 and HO 27; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

Information potentially returned includes:

•Name of criminal
•Birthplace (not often listed after 1802)
•When and where tried
•Sentence (death, transportation, imprisonment, acquittal, etc.)
•Where and when received
•Date of execution or release
•By whom committed, to whom delivered

The collection is available at

(With thanks to Ancestry)

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Judy Webster said...

Chris, I have nominated both of your blogs for the Ancestor Approved Award in a post at Genealogy Leftovers.

Chris Paton said...

Thanks Judy!