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, to become known as a rogue was not a good thing for your reputation. Under Victorian law, you… 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 ›
This week’s Findmypast Friday includes even more illuminating Crime and Punishment-related collections, in addition to updates to our Anglo-Boer War update and Newspaper Collection. Our incredibly detailed new prison records can shed light on a convict’s life with details which go far beyond their identity and sentence. Pore over photograph albums and trial calendars, and delve into journals from governors,… 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 ›
Do you have master criminals or super sleuths in your family tree? We have millions of crime, prison and punishment records for you to explore, and we want you to get to know them – and your wayward ancestors! – better. In this video, expert in criminal family history Abigail Rieley takes you through the basics of researching the ne’er do wells… 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.
To celebrate the release of over 1.9 million new additions to our Crime and Punishment collection, we have been on the hunt for weird and wonderful instances of felonious behavior found within in our records and collection of historic British newspapers. The collection of over 3.2 million records is littered with bizarre and often humorous cases of unusual individuals who were brought before the various criminal… Read more ›
Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles. The entire collection now covers over 175 years of Irish history (1748-1924) and contains over 9.1 million articles… 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.
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… Read more ›
We hope all our Findmypast First customers are enjoying their premium membership, and have had the chance to sample of all the exclusive benefits on offer. As ever, we have a host of new benefits available for you to take advantage of, and we’re also offering you the chance to have your say on what you’d like to see in future. Your… Read more ›