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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

New York State Prison Records

Obtaining New York State prison records has never been so easy, Steven P. Morse of San Francisco has created an extemely powerful search engine to find your blacksheep ancestors.

The data the search engine gathers is from the New York State Department of Correctional Services website.

Why wouldn't you just get the information off of the Department of Corrections website then you ask? Well Steven's site provides the resources to cut down your search to a fraction of the time.

If you find his site useful in any way, you may want to check out his other sites and search enginges he has developed.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Parkhurst Prison, England

Here's another great English prison for people to look and see if they had any blacksheep ancestors at.

I've broken down Parkhurst Prison in Hampshire county, England, into two alphabetized sections for ease of finding the prisoner you may be looking for.

The index is for the year 1901. You can view it at the following links:

  • Parkhurst Prison, Surnames A-K
  • Parkhurst Prison, Surnames L-Z

  • Thursday, July 21, 2005

    Dartmoor Convict Prison, England

    For people from the UK or with ancestors from the UK, you may want to check out the following database if you think you may have had an ancestor who spent any time in prison in Devon county England.

    The Dartmoor Convict Prison housed approximately 900 thieves, murderers and scoundrels in 1871. Here are the links for the list of prisoners in the prison.

  • Dartmoor Prison, Surnames A-K
  • Dartmoor Prison, Surnames L-Z

    Happy Hunting!
  • Monday, July 18, 2005

    British Prison Records

    There is a great new index of prisoners for Brixton Convict Prison in London Enlgland available at Blacksheep Ancestors. Its an index of prisoners there for the year 1871. You can view it at Brixton Prison, Surnames A-K and Brixton Prison, Surnames L-Z

    Sunday, July 17, 2005

    Convicts Shipped to Australia

    If you are interested in finding possible ancestors that were shipped to Australia from England between 1787-1868 you may want to start by checking out the UK National Archives site. There is lots of information there for getting you well on your way to finding your elusive blacksheep ancestors!

    Monday, July 11, 2005

    The Best Genealogy Blogs

    When you're looking to find all the latest genealogy news, but are not sure where to go to find it, why not check out Blacksheep Ancestors. In the left hand side bar you will find RSS feeds to three genealogy blogs, that are in my opinion the best out there. They contain all the latest news in a variety of areas concerning genealogy, including; ships lists, Palatine (German) genealogy, Canadian genealogy, coffin plates, cemetary records, funeral cards, prison records, court records and a lot more.