Sunday, 31 July 2016

English and Welsh criminal records added to FindmyPast

FindmyPast ( has added a third phase to its English and Welsh criminal records datasets. From the site's blog:

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935

Over 2.5 million new records have been added to our England and Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, released in partnership with The National Archives. The records contain the details of felons who passed through the criminal justice system in England and Wales between 1770 and 1935, and can reveal the exact nature of the individual's crime, where and when the offence was committed, as well as the sentence they received. Many records also include physical descriptions, petitions for clemency, reports on behavior, health and education and photographic mug shots. The details of victims and government officials working within the penal system can also found within the collection.

The new additions are taken from eight substantial and widely varied records series held by The National Archives at Kew. England & Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment now contains over 5.5 million transcripts, all accompanied by scanned images of the original documents, and is the largest collection of crime and punishment records available online.

The collection is searchable at (it can also be browsed). Source details are available on that page also.

Also released:

* Britain, Chronicles of Crime or the New Newgate Calendar, vols I & II, pub 1841
* Tasmania Convict records 1800-1893

Further details at


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