Tracing Villains and Their Victims: A Guide to Criminal Ancestors for Family Historians

Tracing Villains and Their Victims: A Guide to Criminal Ancestors for Family Historians

by Jonathan Oates

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Tracing Villains and Their Victims: A Guide to Criminal Ancestors for Family Historians by Jonathan Oates

In this practical handbook Jonathan Oates introduces the fascinating subject of criminal history and he gives readers all the information they need to investigate the life stories of criminals and their victims. He traces the development of the justice system and policing, and gives an insight into the criminal world of the times and the individuals who populated it. In a series of concise chapters he covers all the important aspects of the subject. At every stage, he guides readers towards the national and local sources that researchers can consult the libraries, archives, books and internet sites that reveal so much about the criminal past. Sections focus on the criminal courts, trial records, the police and police reports, and on punishments transportation, execution and prison sentences. Details of the most useful and rewarding sources are provided, among them national and local newspapers, books, the Newgate Calendar, coroners records, photographs, diaries, letters, monuments and the many internet sites which can open up for researchers the criminal side of history. Tracing Villains and Their Victims is essential reading and reference for anyone who seeks to trace an ancestor who had a criminal record or was the victim of crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473892569
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on the Jacobite rebellions and on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His two most recent books on criminal history are John Christie of Rillington Place and John George Haigh, the Acid-Bath Murderer. He is also well known as an expert on family history and has written several introductory books on the subject including Tracing Your London Ancestors and Tracing Your Ancestors From 1066 to 1837.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Criminal Courts of England 1

Chapter 2 Other Criminal Courts in Britain 26

Chapter 3 Punishment 50

Chapter 4 Police Records 79

Chapter 5 Newspapers 94

Chapter 6 Books 119

Chapter 7 Other Sources 141

Chapter 8 Two Case Studies 165

Conclusion 170

Useful Addresses 172

Bibliography 175

Index 176

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