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Finding your criminal ancestors

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Findmypast.co.uk have released a substantial number of new records under the overall title of
Crime, Prisons & Punishment 1770-1934

The current 518,000 records help you discover if your ancestors were criminals and passed through the justice system in England and Wales between 1817-1931. Soon it will be extended to cover the years 1770 – 1934 with thousands more additional records.

Many contain information on criminals from Essex.

They are from a number of sets of records at The National Archives:

Admiralty: registers of convicts in prison hulks (TNA ref: ADM6)

Central Criminal Court: after-trial calendars of prisoners (TNA ref: CRIM9)

Home Office: calendar of prisoners (TNA ref: HO140)

Home Office: criminal petitions (TNA ref: HO17)

Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals’ registers and miscellaneous papers (TNA ref: MEPO6)

Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records (TNA ref: PCOM2)

More details on this page on their website: Crime, Prisons & Punishment 1770-1934

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