TheGenealogist has released over 100,000 individuals into their expanding Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release researchers can find the details of ancestors that had broken the law and were incarcerated in the harsh conditions of early Victorian convict prisons - including some that were only children!
Parkhurst Prison from The Illustrated London News March 13, 1847
The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:
● Over 100,000 individuals in records covering the years 1838 to 1875
● Registers of prisoners inside Millbank, Parkhurst and Pentonville prisons.
● Each prisoner's age on conviction
● The marital status and whether the prisoner can read or write
● The convict’s former trade
● When and where they were convicted, their crime, sentence, where and whence received, previous offences, when removed and to where.
These fully searchable records are from the HO24 Home Office: Prison Registers and Returns 1838-1875 for Millbank, Parkhurst and Pentonville.
Read TheGenealogist’s article “Criminal records can reveal ancestors locked up in convict prisons” at:
TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.
TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.
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