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Britain Historic Crime, Prison & Court Records Online

A list of crime, prison & court records for Britain available online for genealogists, family historians, writers, teachers and students. Both free & paid sites.

Subscription Comprising the following National Archives (UK) series:

ADM 6 Admiralty: registers of convicts in prison hulks

CRIM 9 Central Criminal Court: after-trial calendars of prisoners

HO 8 Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876

HO 13 Home Office: Criminal Entry Books 1782-1871

HO 17 Home Office: criminal petitions Series 1

HO 18 Home Office: criminal petitions Series 2

HO 19 Home Office: Register of criminal petitions

HO 23 Home Office: Registers of Prisoners from National Prisons lodged in County Prisons 1847-1866

HO 24 Home Office: Prison Registers and Statistical Returns 1838-1875

HO 47 Home Office: Judges’ Reports on Criminals 1784-1830

HO 77 Home Office: Newgate Prison Calendar 1782-1853

HO 130 Home Office: Miscellaneous Criminal Books 1798-1831

HO 140 Home Office: calendar of prisoners

PCOM 2 Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records

PCOM 3 Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887

PCOM 5 Home Office: Old Captions and Transfer Papers 1843-1871

MEPO 6 Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals' registers and miscellaneous papers

T 38 Treasury: Departmental Accounts: Convict Hulks 1802-1831

Subscription Transcripts of records from British prison ships in the West Indies and England between 1811 and 1843. The following hulks are included:

  • Antelope
  • Bellerophon
  • Coromandel
  • Dromedary
  • Euryalus
  • Hardy
  • Weymouth

Free The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court, covering London and parts of Middlesex. Fully searchable text of the Proceedings and Ordinary's Accounts. The Proceedings are published transcripts of court cases. The Ordinary's Accounts are biographies of criminals executed between 1676-1772

Subscription The Manchester Prison Registers at Findmypast

Subscription From the website: There are 47,543 Surrey Quarter Sessions records covering a period between 1780 and 1820. The Quarter sessions were held in Surrey four times a year over a number of days, in rotation at different locations around the county.

Subscription From the website: There are 67,156 records available covering more than 150 years. The Quarter sessions were held four times a year and would generally take a number of days, depending on how many cases needed to be heard.

Subscription From the website: Established in 1880, the court's initial function was to hear criminal cases. The court sat every quarter, usually in January, April, July and October. After each session a Calendar of Prisoners was published to record the personal details of people tried at the session and their offences.

Subscription From the website: The record set comprises over 32,130 records from England and Wales. These records date from 1820 to 1843. These records are transcribed from The Bankrupt Directory by George Elwick, and include details of all bankruptcies recorded in The London Gazette between December 1820 and April 1843.

Subscription Two books which detail if the patient was found insane by jury, acquitted because insane or committed by justices.