1920s Melbourne was a dangerous place to live. Home to gangs of bootleggers, the city’s underworld was constantly shifting and fighting for control over the gambling, housebreaking and extortion rackets in Melbourne. Our Victoria Prison Registers detail not only the main men in this dangerous initiative, but their associates and nemeses throughout their criminal exploits. Melbourne’s Kingpin: Henry Stokes The… Read more ›
We’ve finally come to the end of Crime, Prisons and Punishment Month. It’s been quite the tour of the Victorian underworld, and we hope that you’ve become a successful detective and managed to track down a few of your nefarious ancestors! Just as a reminder, here’s a quick breakdown of a few highlights from the last few weeks: 1.9… Read more ›
Containing over 32,000 records, the Irish Army Census 1922 is comprised of ten volumes held by the Military Archives of Ireland. The census lists the names of all those serving with the army at midnight on 12/13 November 1922 and was imposed to help with administrative challenges faced by the new Army Pay Office. The National Army was established in… Read more ›
Gaol For Incorrigible Rogues! How My Ancestor Ended Up Behind Bars For A Very Glamorous-Sounding Charge ›
To many, the word rogue conjures the idea of a mischievous individual or someone who exists outside of the traditional scope of social values and norms, but is inherently likable. However, this idea is a relatively modern one. In the Victorian era in Britain, to become known as a rogue was not a good thing for your reputation. Under Victorian… Read more ›
Welcome to the fourth and final week of Crime, Prisons, and Punishment month here at Findmypast. It’s the end of the road for our wayward ancestors, and now the question is, what happened next? Were they finally released from prison? Did they find redemption while they were incarcerated? Or like so many, did the lure of old habits prove too… Read more ›
In Week 2 of our Crime & Punishment season we’re focusing on the second stage of the justice system: the trial, conviction and appeal process. We’ll be publishing fascinating new articles, from a discovery of 24 criminal ancestors in one family tree, to the life and times of the ‘Celebrity Hangmen’ of the Victorian period. We’ll be delving into the… Read more ›
Just how murky is your past? Are there wrongdoers in your family tree? Perhaps you’re the descendant of legal eagles and lawmakers. Whether your family history contains vice or virtue, Over the next four weeks, Findmypast’s Crime and Punishment month will give you the opportunity to find out more, with new records, blogs, articles and videos to help you research your criminal ancestry.
This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 240,000 fascinating Australian convict records, new additions to our collection of historic Irish newspapers, Irish Workhouse records from County Clare and Sligo as well as English parish records from the parish of Southfleet in North West Kent. Australian Convict Records Containing nearly 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons… Read more ›
In this week’s installment of Off The Record, we’re taking a look at a few of our World War 1 collections. Families were torn apart in 1914 as huge swathes of populations were pulled into a conflict the scale of which no-one could have foreseen. Trace your ancestors’ incredible journey, and discover their part in the war which changed the world.
If you could go anywhere, do anything, research at any repository in the world… where would you go? What would you see? The idea of a bucket list is not so strange in the world of genealogy; we all have places we “wish” we could research. The second part of this question, however, is if you ever actually got the… Read more ›
Last week, our US team traveled to St. Charles, Missouri for the National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference. We had an incredible week celebrating our genealogy community, new partnerships, new records, and food trucks! We were delighted to combine forces with Mocavo, and spent our week spreading the word on both online resources as tools for your family history.… Read more ›
Keeping it local In this edition of Off The Record we’re focusing on collections for specific counties, areas or states. These can be incredibly useful for researching local ancestors, and familiarising yourself with the area where they lived. Remember, this is just a sample of our wonderful local records. There are so many more to explore! Shropshire Baptisms Our Shropshire Baptism… Read more ›