Finding Criminal Ancestors In Britain
6/12/2014
Databases and websites chock-full of criminal records and court proceedings from the United Kingdom to keep you hot on your ancestors' trail.
If your convict ancestor was a British citizen, a wealth of resources awaits you. These include the proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674 to 1913, covering nearly 200,000 trials in London’s central criminal court.

The UK National Archives catalog lists a collection of petitions for clemency, wherein might be a letter your ancestor wrote to the judge; its online collection includes Victorian prisoners photos.