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Ancestry.com. Birmingham, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1880-1891 and 1906-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: Calendar of Prisoners, 1870–1935. Birmingham Quarter Sessions, 1839–1971 [QS/B]. Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

About Birmingham, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1880-1891 and 1906-1913

Located in the West Midlands area in England, the metropolis of Birmingham lies in the county of Warwickshire, with some neighborhoods in Staffordshire and Worcestershire. This collection is a calendar (list) of prisoners from Birmingham, England, as recorded from the Quarter Sessions and Assizes for the years 1880–1913 (although there is a gap in the records for the years 1891–1906).

Justices of the peace presided over Quarter Sessions, where criminal cases were tried. These cases included theft, counterfeiting, loitering, and drunkenness, as well as some civil matters like licensing. More serious matters were referred to the Court of Assize and were ruled on by judges.

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  • where committed from
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  • offense
  • magistrate or judge tried before
  • plea
  • verdict
  • sentence or order of the court