Individuals charged with criminal offences were recorded in Criminal Registers, which provided an essential tool to law enforcement in tracking those accused of crimes in the local area. The inclusion of physical descriptions and photographs helped police identify those using alias names and assumed identities to avoid detection. If you find an ancestor in these registers, it is worth checking local newspapers for more details on their alleged crimes, if they were reported.
What can be found in the records?
For each individual found within the report, you may be able to find (where available):
- Age at time of incarceration
- Birth Place
- The Nature of the Crime
- Conviction Date
- Conviction Place
- A photograph of the individual and/or a Physical Description