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By Niall Cullen

29 January 2021
New Findmypast crime records online

Is a bad apple lurking in your family tree? The latest batch of Findmypast Friday records could help you find out.

Crime records, life events and newspapers. We've got a feast of family history treats for you this week. Here are the details on what's new.

We’ve added over 92,000 additional court and prison indexes to this criminally-fascinating collection. Will you find a family felon?

The new additions consist of:

  • Herefordshire Prison Register Index 1849-1915
  • Court of Great Sessions in Wales 1730-1830
  • Bedfordshire Gaol Registers
  • Kirkby Stephen Petty Sessions 1874-1901

3 quick tips for tracing lawbreaking relatives

  1. Old Mugshots are mesmerising. You’ll find them in the MEPO 6, PCOM 2 and PCOM 4 series of our Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection
  2. Combine crime records with newspaper reports for the bigger picture of your family's shady past
  3. Watch out for aliases. Habitual criminals often swapped their surname for their mother's maiden name

If you’ve got family roots in England’s East Midlands, our latest birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records could help you trace them. We've supplemented;

As always, check the parish list to see exactly what's new and the timeframes covered.

Then, go beyond births, marriages and deaths to add rich detail to the Derbyshire branches of your family tree. You’ll find everything from workhouse reports to orphanage registers in our extensive Derbyshire Collection.

This week, we're bringing you six brand new newspaper titles along with updates to 15 others. Online for the first time are;

While there's been significant additions to;

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