Friday, July 29, 2016

2.5 Million Crime Records Released This Findmypast Friday


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.5 million historic crime records in association with The National Archives. The release marks the final instalment of the Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, the largest searchable database of English and Welsh crime and punishment records available online, containing over 5.5 million records.


New Series added to the collection include:

  • PCOM 4: Home Office and Prison Commission: Female Licences - notes of licences to female convicts and in some cases, transfer papers. Each file can include a photograph (from 1871 onward), letters or notes from the prisoner, a Medical History sheet, reports of misconduct whilst in prison, the court of conviction, details of crime and of previous crimes.
  • HO 26: Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex - registers of all persons charged with indictable offences showing the results of the trials, the sentences in case of conviction, and dates of execution of persons sentence to death; some of the registers contain personal information respecting the prisoners.
  • HO 27: Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales - registers of all persons in England and Wales charged with indictable offences showing the results of the trials, the sentences in case of conviction, and dates of execution of persons sentence to death; some of the registers contain personal information respecting the prisoners.

Additional records have also been added to:

  • HO 8: Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876
  • HO 47: Home Office: Judges’ Reports on Criminals 1784-1830
  • HO 140: Home Office: calendar of prisoners
  • PCOM 2: Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records
  • PCOM 3: Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887



Browse over 3,417 volumes of English and Welsh crime records held by The National Archives. The browse function allows you explore individual documents in their entirety including volumes of criminal calendars, prisoner registers, male and female prison licenses and more. Descriptions of each of the series included are available at the bottom of the search page.


The Newgate Calendar contains more than 81,000 records that packed with fascinating tales of arson, murder, piracy, embezzlement, conspiracy, and treason. The records consist of a “series of memoirs and anecdotes of notorious characters who have outraged the laws of Great Britain from the earliest period” up to 1841.

Tasmania Convict records 1800-1893

Search more than 81,000 records to discover whether your ancestor transported to Van Diemen’s Land as a convict between 1800 and 1893. This varied collection contains records from over 20 different sources held by the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
Irish Newspapers

1,041,492 articles from two brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers.

  • Belfast Telegraph - 944,404 articles covering 1871 - 1881, 1886 - 1892, 1897 - 1899, 1903 – 1909
  • Cork Constitution - 97,088 articles covering 1890 - 1891


Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

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