Friday, January 6, 2017

Find My Past has many new records for their free Friday announcement this week. Were your Irish ancestors criminals? I don't think mine were, but I bet I can find at least a cousin or two if not some direct ancestors in the records. We all know that even the most law abiding citizens are going to run afoul of the law at some point and I'm sure that while my ancestors weren't criminals, they weren't the most upstanding citizens either. Like most, they would have fallen somewhere in the middle.

One of their teasers of upcoming records has me interested as well. There's a mention of the Midlands of England. I admit, my knowledge of geography in Europe isn't the greatest, and I wasn't sure where the Midlands are. However, I had a feeling that Northamptonshire might be a part of it, and a quick look-up told me I am correct. Buckinghamshire, the other county where the Ward family originated isn't, but one of the two counties means that when those records are available, I might be able to fill in some more information about that family before they immigrated to America.

Here's a copy of their announcement, which the original can be found here

New Irish Court Records, Quaker Congregations, and English Burials View online
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OVER 227,700 RECORDS   Find out if your Irish relatives had brushes with the law thanks to these new additions that reveal whether your ancestors were witnesses, complainants or defendants, their addresses, dates in court, details of verdicts and sentences.
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Covering both civil and criminal cases, the Petty Sessions' brief was wide. Cases ranged from merchants who had not paid duty on their goods, to workers suing for unpaid wages. Farmers were fined for letting their cattle wander or for allowing their cart to be driven without their name painted on the side. Debts were collected and disputes settled. Public drunkenness was a common offence, as was assault and general rowdiness. Political feelings were often volatile and there are frequent cases all over the country of people charged with putting up seditious posters or leaflets.

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Did your ancestors hail from the Midlands region of England? A new collection of Parish records is soon to be released that will help you expand your UK family tree. Keep an eye out for further updates in the coming weeks!
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