My friend Judy will be so pleased with the latest release on www.ancestry.co.uk, not that her tree is full of pirates & rascals !! The six new datasets added today are as follows -
Calendars of Prisoners 1854 – 1945
These records take you back to the trials and often include detailed accounts of the offences.
Transportation Records 1730 – 1842
Prison Registers 1782 – 1901
Jury Lists 1719 – 1922
Even if you only have law abiding folk in your family they may appear in this list.
Militia Records 1757 – 1860
Land Tax Returns 1780 – 1832
These records are often under rated by historians, they actually are almost a list of heads of households for an area.
I think Ancestry must be working their way through the Dorset Record Office. What a great joy it is to have access to these records from home.