FindMyPast has just released a new collection of criminal records 1817 – 1931, additional records will be added in the coming months to make the complete dataset 1770 – 1934.
The original records are kept at The National Archives and among the records which will be available online today are:
Admiralty registers of convicts in prison hulks between 1818-1831 (ADM 6)
- After trial calendars of prisoners from the Central criminal court between 1855-1931 (CRIM 9)
- Calendar of Prisoners in Home Office records 1868-1929 (HO 140)
- Criminal petitions 1817-1858 (HO 17)
- Metropolitan Police records of habitual drunkards for the period 1903-1914 (MEPO 6)
- Prison Commission records for 1880-1885 (PCOM 2)
A search for Henry Matkin gave the following details
|Name||Henry Matkin (indicted with No. 41 in the Calendar)|
|Degree of Instruction||Imp.|
|Name & Address of Committing Magistrate||J Vaughan Esq. Bow Street Court|
|Date of Warrant||5 May 1885|
|When received into Custody||13 May 1885|
|Offence||Assaulting Joseph Payne, a police constable acting in the execution of his duty|
|Before whom tried||J D Fletcher Esq.|
|Verdict of Jury||Not guilty|
|Sentence or Order of Court||—–|
Depending on which type of record you get come up in a search depends on the information given. Some records have accompanying photographs of the accused, sadly there was no such photo of Henry (he is one of my ancestors).
A very interesting set of records to have at our fingertips especially for those who like me have more than their fair share of criminal ancestors!