Crime History Pin Map

Our crime history pin map is a place where you can share stories about your criminal, police or prison ancestors.

We are looking for stories and events between the years 1700 and 1939 (lots of records are subject to closure of 75 to 100 years).

Your ancestor may have committed a single crime or may have been a serial offender. Perhaps they were a local police officer or a prison warder. They may have been a witness or even a victim of crime. Your stories can offer some fascinating insights into the social history of our local communities in towns and cities across the country and beyond.

If you have a story (big or small) that you would like to share on our pin map, then please complete and submit the form below. You can see what other researchers have been sharing by clicking on the the individual pins on the map.

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