Criminal ancestors

Blog
13 February 2019

There's nothing like criminality to add spice to a family tree. Discover your ancestors' prison records with Jonathan Scott's website picks

Blog
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

News
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

News
14 September 2017

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

News
20 June 2017

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

News
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

News
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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