Criminal Records

Another type of genealogy record that provides tremendous value is criminal records. Some of our ancestors unfortunately got in trouble with the law. And records were kept from arrests through court cases to prison documents. Now, more and more of these records are being digitized or transcribed and are being made available online.

Types of Records

  • Criminal court proceedings
  • Police reports
  • Prison and jail admission registers
  • Arrest records
  • Mug books
  • Pardon and discharge information
  • Hospital record books
  • Workhouse records

Types of Information

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Complexion
  • Eye color
  • Hair color
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Education
  • Habits (alcohol use)
  • Relations (parents living)
  • Date incarcerated
  • Court where charged
  • Recommitments
  • How and when discharged

Below are links to Free Online Criminal Record Collections for all 50 states and DC:

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