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Parkhurst Prison

Parkhurst Prison from The Illustrated London News 13 March, 1847

TheGenealogist has released over 100,000 individuals into its expanding Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release, researchers can find the details of ancestors who had broken the law and were incarcerated in the harsh conditions of early Victorian convict prisons – including some who were only children.

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

  • Over 100,000 individuals in records covering the years 1838 to 1875
  • Registers of prisoners inside Millbank, Parkhurst and Pentonville prisons
  • Each prisoner’s age on conviction
  • The marital status and whether the prisoner could read or write
  • The convict’s former trade
  • When and where they were convicted, their crime, sentence, where received, previous offences, when removed and to where.

These fully searchable records are from the HO24 Home Office: Prison Registers and Returns 1838-1875 for Millbank, Parkhurst and Pentonville at The National Archives.

Read TheGenealogist’s article about these records at

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