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The Old Bailey

Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey

TheGenealogist has added to its Court and Criminal Records collection with the release of over 160,000 records of prisoners at the bar and their victims from the CRIM 9 records held by The National Archives. These documents were created by the Central Criminal Court and document the After-Trial Calendar of Prisoners.

After-Trial Calendars give family history researchers details of ancestors who were up before the Old Bailey, revealing the names of prisoners that had appeared before the court, the committing magistrates, offences the prisoner had been indicted for, the date of their trial and who they were tried before. The records give the verdict of the jury, previous convictions and the sentence or order of the court. Other information in these records are the names of the victim and the level of education or ‘Degree of Instruction’ as well as false names that the criminals may have used to try and hide their tracks from the authorities.

You can therefore use the After-Trial Calendar of Prisoners records to:

  • Find ancestors accused of crimes ranging from stealing a matchbox to murder
  • Discover people standing trial as forgers, baby farmers, German spies and more
  • Uncover some of the aliases adopted by criminal ancestors
  • See the occupation or trade of the offender
  • Research records covering the period 1855-1915.

Read a case study about the cycle thief who became a serial wife killer at www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/new-criminalrecords-reveal-ancestors-crimes-from-petty-theft-to-murder-928/.

Warkwickshire records release

TheGenealogist has added over 1.5 million individuals to its Warwickshire Parish Record Collection available to Diamond subscribers.

These records of baptisms, marriages and burials are released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office and have the benefit of high quality images to complement the transcripts.

The places covered are: Alveston,Arley, Baddesley Ensor, Barcheston, Bulkington, Burton Dassett, Butlers Marston, Castle Bromwich, Charlecote, Cherrington, Chilvers Coton, Church Lawford, Claverdon, Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore, Coleshill, Corley, Coughton, Coventry, Curdworth, Ettington, Exhall with Wixford (Alcester), Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Foleshill, Great Alne, Great Packington, Grendon, Hampton Lucy, Harborough Magna, Hartshill, Haselor, Henley-in-Arden, Honington, Ladbroke, Lea Marston, Leamington Spa, Mancetter, Milverton, Over Whitacre, Pillerton Hersey, Ratley, Sherbourne, Shipston-on-Stour, Shotteswell, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, Wasperton, Wellesbourne and Whitchurch.