Blacksheep Ancestors

The latest genealogical information on helping you find ancestors in your family tree that were criminals, murderers, outlaws, bandits or scoundrels and that may have spent time in a prison, jail, penitentiary, chain gang or convict camp.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Finding Criminal Ancestors in England and Wales

Criminal Ancestors - A Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales. (mainly Victorian).
Author - David Hawkings

When a family historian discovers a criminal way back in the family tree he or she needs to know how to trace that person. David Hawkings here offers practical in-depth guidelines for researching these criminal ancestors, many of whom were 'obliged' to steal for mere survival and suffered imprisonment for the most trivial offences. His pioneering study includes surveys of material held by all county and Borough Record Offices, the Public record Office, police archives and other repositories, as well as numerous examples cases and illustrations, appendices with source material, and a case history to show the extent to which one individual criminal can be researched. Available for the first time in paperback, this unique and richly detailed book provides the essential research and reference tool which no genealogist, social historian, criminologist or the merely curious should be without.

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