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Our own Prof Shore (@ourcriminalpast), is in this month's @HistoryExtra talking about the idea of the Victorian underworld:

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A must read for anyone interested in the "underworld" from a very thoughtful and astute historian. Before we imagined professional crime as #organizedcrime, we thought of it as an underworld - and some still do #twitterstorians. https://t.co/JTu4J8gAae

An everyday tale of death from caressing a mad cat. #history #1820s #research #newspapers #hydrophobia #death

Out this week!! Heather Shore challenges misconceptions about 19th century crime in BBC History magazine @HistoryExtra @becketthistory @ourcriminalpast @BBC

#Transcribe the prison record of Ah Koon imprisoned for burglary in 1895 #twitterstorians https://t.co/WxHSti0MRT

Stumbled on this very familiar trial from @OldBaileyOnline today https://t.co/SRF2n3ROLB -case resulting from infamous 1885 Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon. Found myself wondering, not for the first time, what became of little Eliza Armstrong when it was all over? #ESRCvictims

I feel inspired to research some women but there were no female police detectives in 19th century England, so I’m investigating the lives of detectives’ wives, as they were generally overlooked. I’m starting with Amelia Caminada. #womenshistory

An 1861 survey named all the 14,000+ adult workhouse inmates in England & Wales who had been resident for 5+ years. Now all listed via links under the 'Inmates' section on each union's web page on https://t.co/hunTf5jT7y

Latest Blogs

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WDYTYA? Our Criminal Ancestors in 50 Family History websites to watch in 2019

February 12, 2019

Our Criminal Ancestors features in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine’s 50 websites to watch in 2019.

Discovering the truth about the lives of Robert Connolly

November 26, 2018

Researcher Eddie Mullan investigates the ‘lives’ of ancestor Robert Connolly, a man who turned out to have a colouful and criminal past.

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Read all about it! Using newspapers in your crime research

September 24, 2018

Ashley Borrett discusses the importance of newspapers when researching the history of crime.

Upcoming Events

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Researching Criminal Ancestors – Hornsea & District Civic Society

March 20, 2019

7:30-9:30pm, United Reformed Church, Newbegin, Hornsea.

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From Artful Dodgers to Borstal Boys: Negotiating Histories of Youth Justice

May 1, 2019

In this public and inaugural lecture, Professor Heather Shore will reflect upon on her research on historical youth justice from the early nineteenth to the twentieth century.

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Criminal Ancestors – Great Grimsby Family History Group

May 14, 2019

7:30pm, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby.