Find your ancestors in Home Office: criminal registers

In association with The National Archives, Findmypast is excited to release an extensive collection of records from criminal cases, gaols, hulks, prisons, and criminal calendars. England & Wales, crime, prisons & punishment, 1770-1935 is the largest single collection of British crime records online. Explore the world of courts and prisons, and discover if your ancestor committed a criminal offence and what your ancestor’s sentence was. There are over 20 different series available in this collection. The series is listed on each transcript.

HO26,Home Office: criminal registers, Middlesex

Series HO 26 includes registers of persons with indictable, or chargeable, offences. The registers recorded the person’s alleged offence, sentence in cases of conviction, and dates of execution or transportation. This series comprises registers for only Middlesex from 1787 to 1850. Later registers are included in HO 27.

HO27,Home Office: criminal registers, England and Wales

Similar to series HO 26, these are registers of persons with chargeable offences from 1805 to 1892. The registers are of offenders, or alleged offenders, from across England and Wales. Until 1850, Middlesex is excluded from this series. With over a million names in the records, you will find individuals charged with larceny, obtaining money by false pretences, housebreaking, embezzlement, horse taking, and much more.