The following resources will help you in the search for your criminal ancestry:
Books – Family History
Hawkings, David T. Criminal Ancestors: A Guide to Historic Criminal Records in England and Wales (Sutton Publishing, 1996).
Limbrick, Gudrun Jane. How to Research Childhoods Spent in Former Children’s Homes, Orphanages, Cottage Homes and Other Children’s Institutions (Wordworks, 2013).
Wade, Stephen. Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Pen and Sword, 2009).
Books – Historical Context
Brown, Alyson. English Society and the Prison (The Boydell Press, 2003).
Cox, David J. Crime in England, 1688-1815 (Routledge, 2014).
Emsley, Clive. Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 (Pearson, 2005); The English Police (Routledge, 1991); Crime and Society in Twentieth-Century England (Pearson, 2011).
Gray, Drew. Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1660-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2016).
Johnston, Helen. Crime in England, 1815-1880 (Routledge, 2015).
Sharpe, James A. Crime in Early Modern England 1550-1750 (Longman, 1998).
Shore, Heather. Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth-Century London (Boydell Press, 1999).
Taylor, David. Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1750-1914 (Palgrave, 1998); Hooligans, Harlots, and Hangmen: Crime and Punishment in Victorian Britain (Praeger, 2010).
The National Archives: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
- From the homepage click “Help with your research” then click “Criminals, courts and prisons”.
The Old Bailey Online: www.oldbaileyonline.org
The Digital Panopticon: www.digitalpanopticon.org
Africans in Yorkshire: www.africansinyorkshireproject.com
Children’s Homes: www.childrenshomes.org.uk
Former Children’s Homes: www.formerchildrenshomes.org.uk
The Workhouse: www.workhouses.org.uk
Balchin, Andrew. ‘The Justice of the Peace and County Government in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1782-1836’ (Unpublished PhD Thesis, 1990). Available: https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:3760
Welsh, David. ‘The Reform of Urban Policing in Victorian England: A Study of Kingston upon Hull from 1836 to 1866’ (Unpublished PhD Thesis, 1997). Available: https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:4701