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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 12:21 AM
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  1. Unusual middle names and change of age

    Hello folks, I have a funny case - someone who appears to have changed his name and age. I'd appreciate any help or advice on this one: On the 1881 census, William Loveday is age 35 so born 1846 (the previous censuses and birth certificate confirm 1846.) On his 1882 marriage certificate,...

    Started by gengems‎, 22-10-2018 8:23 PM
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  2. 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 4:20 PM
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  3. Bigamy twice!

    I have a relative by marriage George Henry Eastgate born 1875 Lincolnshire who was convicted in 1917 and sent to goal for 4 months at Winson Green Birmingham for bigamy unfortunate lady was Edith Brown. I have this confirmed in his army records he rejoined the army on release and as far as I knew...

    Started by Jane Gee‎, 09-06-2018 9:16 PM
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  4. My great grandfather

    Hi. I've just joined the board. I've been exploring my family history for several decades now. Some years ago I was shocked to find my great grandfather, George Tidman, listed in the 1891 census as an inmate in Dartmoor Prison. From the sensationalistic newspaper accounts, he attempted to murder...

    Started by ptidman‎, 29-05-2018 7:30 PM
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  5. Deserter in 1899

    My ancestor, Arthur Cecil Chell, deserted from the military in 1899 at the age of 20. I presume it was from the army but I don't know and I believe it was from Woolwich. He died in 1914 in an asylum so he wasn't shot for deserting but how can I find out more information about what happened in...

    Started by jackybushell‎, 02-05-2018 4:01 PM
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  6. Thumbs down Was your ancestor EXECUTED?

    Hi all, Grizzly subject I know. Just found this site:- http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/ providing information about UK capital punishment 1735 - 1964. Regards, Malcolm.

    Started by macwil‎, 26-03-2018 11:30 AM
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  7. Did Convicts communicate with their families?

    I have an ancestor from Pembrokeshire who was transported to Australia in 1832 for life. He was tried and convicted at Monmouth Assizes. He received a conditional pardon in 1846, but could not return to the UK. In 1849 he and his wife sailed from Sydney to San Francisco and the last mention I...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 21-11-2011 5:26 PM
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  8. Reformatory.

    On the 30th June 1882 John Holliday PARFREMENT, age 16(sic) was sentenced to 1 months Hard Labour and 5 years in reformatory. He was born on the 5th April 1865. In August 1885 a newspaper reports on the inquest of Harry Batterham SMITH(born Autumn 1881), illegitimate son of Ann Eliza PARFREMENT,...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 19-10-2017 3:31 PM
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  9. 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 10:22 PM
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  10. bigamist

    My real Grandfather was a bigamist when he married Grandma in 1939 in Birmingham. His given name was Clifton Peter Scott-Riddle (not real) and his address was 43 Tenison Street, Lambeth. Would he have been charged in Birmingham or in London and what name would he have been charged under. Obviously...

    Started by rburland‎, 09-12-2008 3:03 PM
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  11. Moved: Waldron / Berry

    Started by barbmoseley72‎, 11-06-2017 8:05 PM
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  12. £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 3:29 PM
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  13. 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 12:11 PM
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  14. 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 2:36 AM
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  15. 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 10:09 AM
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  16. 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 1:06 PM
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  17. 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 10:50 AM
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  18. 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 4:23 PM
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    27-07-2016, 10:27 PM Go to last post
  19. 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 4:26 PM
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  20. 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 5:20 PM
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