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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Did your ancestor appear at the Old Bailey?

    If you have ever wondered this, or indeed just like a good read you can visit the Old Bailey on line, which has a fully searchable data base of The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913, complete with trial transcripts. http://www.oldbaileyonline.org//

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 28-01-2015 1:21 AM
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  1. Remittance Men and Women

    Not all black sheep were convicts, it was very common to send remittance men and women often with their families overseas to get them away from the area where they had disgraced themselves. A place of residence was bought and regular sums of money deposited in the bank to keep them away....

    Started by Heather Barford‎, 08-01-2012 11:22 PM
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  2. £112 in banknotes and gold in 1870

    This isnít a question about tracing a missing ancestor, itís more a social history thing, and something to exercise your imaginations. In early 1870, Thomas Wearden, my ancestorís brother, was walking around Blackburn late at night with about £110 in his pocket, and was robbed. In court the...

    Started by barbara lee‎, 13-04-2017 4:29 PM
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  3. transported for 7 years

    I've recently discovered that an ancestor of mine was sentenced to 7 years transportation in 18/05/1827 for the theft of pigeons. His prison record states that he was 'delivered on board the Retribution Sheerness'. Is there any way I can find out what happened to him after that. His name is John...

    Started by Angelaj‎, 08-02-2009 1:11 PM
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  4. Ivor Walker the guy no one talks about

    Seen this forum and realised hey i have a black sheep! My Grandfather Ivor Walker, born in Cheltenham in 1930, and immigrated to Australia via the british army. My father doesnt talk about him much and when he does he mentions a violent alcoholic and a woman beater :/ My father has told me...

    Started by Whiskeyboi‎, 28-03-2017 3:36 AM
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  5. Wakefield Gaol 1829

    Recently I visited the West Yorkshire History Centre at their new premises in Wakefield in pursuit of my convicts project and one the things I looked at was the Calendar of Prisoners which was printed up before each quarter session of the courts. For Wakefield House of Correction the courts...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 17-03-2017 11:09 AM
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  6. 19C Metropolitan Police Criminal Records

    I have discovered a black sheep in my family. For years I had been trying to find out what happened to my great grandfather, John CHANDLER, who was named on his youngest child's birth certificate in Norwood in 1856 and then disappeared off the face of the earth. Now, thanks to two snippets found in...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 17-11-2008 2:06 PM
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  7. Shipley Gang of Sussex around 1815

    Hi All So I have just discovered that I am a descendant of a couple of members of the Shipley Gang of Sussex around 1815-16,17. James Nye snr and James Nye Jnr were tried and convicted and transported 1818 to NSW Australia. If anyone has any info or knows where I can get further information...

    Started by Tonireay‎, 15-06-2016 11:50 AM
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  8. Reasons for "Black Sheep" Changing Their Name

    My grandfather changed his name and I wondered is there any information available as the reason someone might do this? He was originally called George Jolley (born 1894 to John Jolley a Zinc Worker) but on George's marriage certificate to my grandmother in 1917 he calls himself Arthur Smith...

    Started by Devon Chorister‎, 03-06-2016 5:23 PM
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    27-07-2016, 11:27 PM Go to last post
  9. letter from the gallows

    My father, who died in 2010, was a boyhood friend of Christopher Geraghty. Geraghty was hanged in 1947 for the murder of Alec de Antiquis during a botched hold up. My father used to talk about a letter that Geraghty wrote to his parents before he was executed. Apparently this letter was published...

    Started by Peter Harrison‎, 02-06-2016 5:26 PM
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  10. A Black sheep from Cambridgeshire

    I have two queries here, I found John Witten born 1807 in Leverington, Cambridgeshire, mother Elizabeth Witton, baptism record says base born, as it does for a son William born 1803 and daughter Susannah born about 1809. A tree online says that Elizabeth served a Bastardy Order on the father of...

    Started by Christa‎, 29-04-2016 6:20 PM
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  11. Gaol - meaning of Australian Lab 158?

    I have a reference from the Gloucestershire Archives for a John Little sent to gaol in 1878. It reads "Australian Lab 158". What does it mean? Thanks

    Started by peter nicholl‎, 13-04-2016 3:48 PM
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  12. Thomas Ford SANDWELL of Margate

    Oh don't you just love it when you find another black sheep in the family!! This is my ancestors brother Thomas Ford SANDWELL son of Thomas & Thomasine SANDWELL, nee FORD born 1816 at Margate Kent. Dover Express 20th April 1861 " A BRUTE OF A HUSBAND- On Friday last, at the petty sessions,...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 28-11-2015 9:06 PM
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  13. North Yorkshire Police mugshots

    This has just been published on the BBC website, I found it interesting as I once asked the N Yorks record office about Richmond Police records; they said that they are missing and I gather that a lot of N Yorks police records are lost: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-34594625 It...

    Started by JackieC‎, 08-11-2015 4:47 AM
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  14. People who cannot accept truth in skeletons.

    Hi Have any of you ever had people who cannot accept skeletons in family history at all? Ie, even if you have the most conclusive proof, ie a suicide inquest or death cert, affair scandal, murder, prisoner ancestor on a census, relatives and even other people cannot accept such truth and will...

    Started by benny1982‎, 26-11-2008 2:20 PM
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  15. Finally I have a Black Sheep!

    Unfortunately, my Black Sheep is in this generation, so I can't go into details. She's (I'll tell you its a she) divorced from my family and has just gone to jail. All I'll tell you is she didn't murder anyone. But here's how I'm going to handle this. I'm printing the news stories about her from...

    Started by Hawk‎, 13-09-2008 5:37 PM
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    Started by katerina‎, 29-09-2008 5:04 PM
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  17. My great-grandfather - prison records?

    I'm having another go at trying to dig into the background of my great-grandfather who seems to have taken black sheep to new levels! He was born Arthur Bernard Clements in 1879 in Camden, London. In 1899 he married Polly Harmon and they had at least 8 children, that I know of, between 1900...

    Started by Jane_Adams‎, 09-01-2014 3:22 PM
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  18. New convict records online

    Okay, I felt I had to mention this as I had absolutely no idea that these records ever existed... Findmypast (and, presumably available on other Brightsolid sites?) have uploaded a host of previously unseen (online) convict records, including records from the following series: PCOM2 HO8...

    Started by usernick‎, 30-06-2015 2:02 PM
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  19. george garrod of winfarthing norfolk

    good morning everone i joined today and this is my first thread so i do not know what is expected of me really. i am stuck with an ancestor of my wife george garrod of winfarthing norfolk found him on 1901 census but cannot find him anywhere else help and advice please.

    Started by tony bennett‎, 25-07-2008 10:19 AM
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  20. Wreck of the Convict Ship Waterloo 1842

    The South African Commercial Advertiser for 31 August 1842 and for 3, 7 and 10 September 1842 carried reports of the wreck of the convict ship Waterloo. If anyone has found reference to an ancestor being transported in 1842, but has found no reference to them in Australia, they may be on this list....

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 05-01-2009 5:20 PM
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