Ruth Paley has an extensive knowledge of historical criminal records. She was on the staff of the Public Record Office for many years, and now works as a researcher on the History of Parliament project. She wrote Using Criminal Records for the PRO.
Simon Fowler is editor of the genealogy magazine Ancestors and writes widely on family and social history topics. Previous books include the successful Family Skeletons with Ruth Paley, as well as The Joys of Family History and several of the National Archives’ prestigious Pocket Guide history series. His articles have been published widely in popular history magazines including BBC History and History Today.