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BOOK - Tracing Villains and Their Victims, A Guide to Criminal Ancestors for Family Historians
By Dr Jonathan Oates
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2017)

Softcover... 32.95 (C$)

In this practical handbook Jonathan Oates introduces the fascinating subject of criminal history and he gives readers all the information they need to investigate the life stories of criminals and their victims. He traces the development of the justice system and policing, and gives an insight into the criminal world of the times and the individuals who populated it. In a series of concise chapters he covers all the important aspects of the subject. At every stage, he guides readers towards the national and local sources that researchers can consult the libraries, archives, books and internet sites that reveal so much about the criminal past. Sections focus on the criminal courts, trial records, the police and police reports, and on punishments transportation, execution and prison sentences. Details of the most useful and rewarding sources are provided, among them national and local newspapers, books, the Newgate Calendar, coroners records, photographs, diaries, letters, monuments and the many internet sites which can open up for researchers the criminal side of history. Tracing Villains and Their Victims is essential reading and reference for anyone who seeks to trace an ancestor who had a criminal record or was the victim of crime.

  • I had not realised that there is still a wealth of information that was obtained from witnesses who reported to the press, witness statements to the police etc. The author gives many examples of cases where records are available from statements given to the police that were never used in the courts but do give further information about the villain or victim. Essex Family Historian No.164

  • A concise and information-packed book that, due to its careful layout, also proves easy to use. Family and Community Historical Research Society

  • For an individual researching crime in their family history for the first time, they will find plenty of suggestions for primary research here. Your Family History

  • With two case studies and lists of useful addresses, books and websites, this in an enlightening and easy-to-read handbook. Whether your criminal ancestor was punished in the village stocks, transported to Van Dieman's Land or hanged for murder, you may be amazed at the records available to help you research their lives - and add plenty of colour to your tree. Family Tree [magazine]
About the author:
    Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past.
178 Pages
6 X 8.25"
Table of Contents
ISBN: 9781473892569
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2017)

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