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Questions tagged [imprisonment]

For questions about imprisoned ancestors and records related to prisons.

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Why was ancestor imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol?

I have located my 3rd times Great Grandfather in Bodmin Gaol from Ancestry records but no details of why he was there. I have the following information and would be grateful if you were able to let ...
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Seeking death record for Jacob Schulthess who died in Wangen an der Aare prison in Switzerland?

Looking for the death record for Jacob Schulthess who died in Wangen an der Aare prison sometime between 1894 - Oct 1899 I am told he was sent to prison for accidentally shooting his mother in law ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

My 3rd great grandfather George Wills was baptised on 13 Jul 1806 at Illogan to Richard and Susanna (nee Scoble). On 11 Jan 1834 he married Frances Angove at Illogan. On 10 Jan 1836 George and ...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

I'm looking for inmate records for Bodmin Gaol jail in the UK circa 1835-1839. My 4th great-grandfather Phillip Stephen Rule (born 1777) was an inmate there based on records I have found on ancestry....
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Determining fate of Soviet soldier from Azerbaijan captured by Germans in 1941?

I am searching for my great grandfather Ismailov Isa Iskander's grave. He was born in 1904 in Khanlar (Helenendorf), Azerbaijan. That city was founded by Germans. Isa learned German language from ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

My grandfather's brother was a German soldier captured in North Africa and ultimately sent to the United States. I found a list of names of POWs held at Camp Upton and my grandfather's brother was in ...
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Finding prison records for Bodmin Bridewell in Cornwall?

In the National Archives there is a record that belongs to my 4th great grandfather William Hobbs. The Session held at Bodmin names his wife as Jane (nee Courtenay) and also Jane's sister Philippa. ...
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Researching German soldiers who were prisoners of war in US during WWII?

My father-in-law was in the Latvian army then conscripted into the German army. We believe he was captured by American forces in either North Africa or Italy and brought to the US. He was in a camp ...
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Are there records for Whitecross Debtors Prison Turnkeys in 19th Century London?

Nether Fustian Continuations and a Drink for Desperate Men Too often, I underestimate human ingenuity. I had never imagined, for example, that a man would wreath himself in cow-guts full of gin. But ...
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When was grandfather in Huntsville Prison?

A man might be my biological grandfather, but he was in Huntsville prison during the 1950's. I have some data, but can't figure out when he was in prison, when paroled, when he returned, etc. ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

I have found (I think) two records for Demetrius Rogers in Ancestry's Marshalsea (London) debtors prison records. The first has "Dematris Rogers" brought into custody on 11 Sep 1812: (This record ...
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Finding out what happened to German prisoner of world war 2?

My mother was a Dutch prisoner of war in Mauthausen in 1945. She managed to save the life of a German POW, who was already 11 years in the camp by that time. He fell in love with my mother and wrote ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

My 2x Great Grandfather served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be found at the bottom of ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces. While a simple request to the German Red Cross (...
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How can a London prisoner be Reprieved for Transportation… and then executed?

I've been trying to trace the steps of a Richard Talent from London, who is rumored to be the progenitor of the Tallants of Anson County, North Carolina. With the limited resources I can access in ...
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What determined which prisoners sentenced to transportation were actually transported?

Thomas Duffett (baptised 1785 Stalbridge, Dorset, England) had a couple of run-ins with the law and got himself sentenced to 7 years transportation. Twice. But he never left the country. The first ...
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Is there an alternative to the National Archive of Scotland for 19th century Scottish prison records?

The prison records for Scotland are available in the National Archives of Scotland. Are there alternative online sources for some of these? (I'm in Australia, so tripping to Edinburgh isn't an option ...
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Understanding why my relatives were in prison

1841 was a bad year for my ancestor William Walters and his family of Pont Wedwst in Cilrhedyn, Carmarthenshire, Wales. They buried one son, Samuel, aged 25, on 8th February 1841. And the Census of ...