Find your ancestors in Yorkshire, Sheffield Crime Courts and Convicts 1737-1938

What can these records tell me?

Each record comprises a transcription from original images. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include the following information about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Birth year
  • Age
  • Place
  • Event date
  • Year
  • Document reference
  • Document title
  • Other details

Discover more about these records

These transcriptions are all taken from original documents held by Sheffield Archives and Local Studies and cover both criminals, and those who were charged with catching them. Specifically, these records are to be found in the following series:

  • Cases prosecuted for desertion, neglect of their children, c1904-1908
  • General gaol delivery, Yorkshire 1841
  • Jury Lists 1737, 1738, 1740 and 1778
  • Orders for bankruptcy hearing
  • Police charge book 1838-1865
  • Prosecutions of felons 1837
  • Quarter Sessions prison calendar 1880-1931
  • Sheffield, Magistrates Court Register 1882-1917
  • Sheffield Police Ticket of Leave register, 1864-1874
  • Sheffield Police, Conduct and Commendation Book, 1831-1893
  • Sheffield Quarter Sessions prison calendar
  • Sheffield Watch Committee minutes 1891-1896
  • York Castle prison calendar 1769
  • Yorkshire Assizes prison calendar 1841-1842
  • General Gaol Delivery, Yorkshire 1841

So if your ancestor destroyed cabbage plants, detained 12-year-old Ann Flanagan, or stole a bagatelle ball, you may well find him or her in this collection.

Each record also provides a link back to Sheffield Archives and Local Studies so that you can enquire about obtaining copies of the original images.