If you have ever wondered whether your British ancestors may have suffered at the hands of criminals, or indeed, been accused or convicted themselves, then the criminal records from the famous Old Bailey in London are available to search online for free.

Covering the period 1674-1913, the proceedings of nearly 200,000 criminal trials can be searched by surname, conviction type and date period:

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/

A fantastic resource!

pic - Central Criminal Court, The Old Bailey by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864)



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