Blackwood – Finding criminals

The Blackwood Branch welcomed the County Archivist, Mr Tony Hopkins, to the March meeting on the 13th.  Mr Hopkins had chosen to tell us of “Little Used Sources in Family History” and while we were, in the main, aware of these records, they are often underused.  In highlighting these examples on screen.  Mr Hopkins enlivened the talk with actual incidents showing their use.  In displaying certain Quarter Session Records, he showed the case of a female prisoner who, having robbed her employer of money exceeding £5-00-00p, was sentenced to transportation for 7 years.  I know that many FH researchers are quite pleased to find such a situation in their family tree, providing it occurred a few generations back and it was not until the writer, having found a number of cases of criminal activity among his antecedents, understood the tendency for his hand to involuntarily move towards the pockets and purses of people near him.

Mr Hopkins gave further examples of the use of various sized OS maps and Tythe maps.  He included in his list of resources, School registers, trade directories and newspapers and a number of other examples.

Mr Hopkins kept all of us interested and amused and he concluded to a well deserved round of applause. 

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