Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors

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Did you have a criminal in the family, an ancestor who was caught on the wrong side of the law? If you have ever had any suspicions about the illicit activities of your relatives, or are fascinated by the history of crime and punishment, this is the book for you.

Stephen Wade's useful introduction to this fascinating subject will help you discover and investigate the life stories of individuals who had a criminal past. The crimes they committed, the conditions in which they ...

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Tracing your Criminal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Overview

Did you have a criminal in the family, an ancestor who was caught on the wrong side of the law? If you have ever had any suspicions about the illicit activities of your relatives, or are fascinated by the history of crime and punishment, this is the book for you.

Stephen Wade's useful introduction to this fascinating subject will help you discover and investigate the life stories of individuals who had a criminal past. The crimes they committed, the conditions in which they lived, the policing and justice system that dealt with them-all these aspects of criminal history are covered as are the many types of crime they were guilty of-murder, robbery, fraud, sexual offences, poaching, protest and public disorder.

Graphic case studies featuring each type of crime are included, dating from the Georgian period up until the present day. All of these cases are reconstructed using information gleaned from the many sources available to researchers-libraries, archives, books and the internet among them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848840577
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,435,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

‘Criminal’-a Survey of the Word in Sources 9

A Summary of Historical Crime Research 10

The Courts in History 14

Officials in the Criminal Justice System 17

The Process of Research I8

The National Archives 19

Local Record Offices 19

Internet Resources 20

A Survey of ‘Small Business’: Summary Courts and Court Leets 22

Records in Courts for Summary Offences 22

Debtors, Deserters and Drunks 23

Constables, Community and Parish 30

Research Process 31

Case Studies 33

Chapter 1 Varieties of Homicide 39

Murder and Attempted Murder 39

Felo de se: Suicide 41

Manslaughter 43

Infanticide 43

Petty Treason 44

Cannibalism 45

Diminished Responsibility and Insanity Defences 45

Research Process 47

Case Studies 50

Chapter 2 Other Crimes Against the Person 67

Assaults 67

Bodily Harm 69

Research Process 70

Case Studies 71

Chapter 3 Social Protest 73

Public Disorder and Riots/Mutiny 73

Radicalism and Political Movements 74

Research Process 75

Case Studies 75

Chapter 4 Theft and Robbery 83

Robbery and Highway Robbery 83

Grand Larceny and Larceny 84

Theft 84

Research Process 85

Case Studies 86

Chapter 5 Rural Crime: Game, Animals, Arson and Poaching 91

Property and Fear 91

The Concept of Social Crime 91

The Bloody Code 92

Poaching and Stealing Animals 93

Research Process 93

Case Studies 94

Chapter 6 Fraud and Deception 99

Uttering and Counterfeiting 99

Forgery 99

Conmen and Swindlers 100

Research Process 100

Case Studies 101

Chapter 7 Offences Sexual and Immoral 105

Rape and Sexual Assault 105

Sodomy 106

Obscenity and Pornography 107

Bigamy 108

Prostitution 108

Abduction 109

Research Process 110

Case Studies 113

Chapter 8 Treason and Political Crimes 123

Treason 123

Sedition 123

Espionage 125

Political Crime 125

Research Process 125

Case Studies 127

Chapter 9 Destinations: Prison, Asylum, Hulks, Transportation 133

Prison History and Records 133

Asylums and the Care of the Insane 137

The Hulks 138

Transportation 139

Case Studies 142

Chapter 10 A Survey of Sources and Records 147

Introduction 149

Alphabetical List 149

Afterword: The Process of Research 159

Bibliography and Resources 163

Books 163

Journals and Periodicals 167

Websites 167

A final note and research still ongoing 169

Glossary 171

Index 175

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