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Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
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Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex and Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales; Records created or inherited by the Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies, Series HO 26 and HO 27; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

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About England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892

This database contains criminal registers from England and Wales for the years 1791-1892. The criminal registers are a listing of individuals charged with crime. The registers provide information about the charged individual, their trial, and sentence (if convicted) or other outcome. Information listed may include:

  • Name of criminal

  • Age

  • Birthplace (not often listed after 1802)

  • Crime

  • When and where tried

  • Sentence (death, transportation, imprisonment, acquittal, etc.)

  • Where and when received

  • Date of execution or release

  • By whom committed, to whom delivered

Information obtained from these registers may be able to lead you to other records. For example, if you have a date and place of trial, you will know when and where to search for court records. Other criminal records to consult include:

  • Calendar of Prisoners

  • Prison Registers

  • Court records such as depositions, indictments, and case files

  • Warrants, including pardons, reprieves, and transfers of prisoners

  • Transportation records

For more information about these other records, where they’re located, and how to search them, consult The National Archives (TNA) online research guide publication, “Tracing 19th and 20th Century Criminals”, available at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

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