Criminal ancestors

10 December 2018

The Scottish court and criminal system is distinct from that of England and Wales. Nell Darby explains the records that you need to find your ancestor

26 April 2018

Plus: Findmypast adds British army widows records; WDYTYA? ends Britain Remembers project; AncestryDNA research reveals average British person has over 16,000 cousins

14 September 2017

The Digital Panopticon project allows researchers to access thousands of records relating to convicted criminals

20 June 2017

The collection holds over 5.7 million records of the criminal justice system, including courtroom and prison records

14 January 2016

Thousands of 19th and early-20th century Police Gazettes have been published on Ancestry, providing crucial clues about British criminals and their victims

30 June 2015

Family historians could discover whether there are any black sheep lurking in their family tree following the digitisation of millions of records from The National Archives

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