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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

The Delaware Military History organization may have some useful material, including pictures and camp activity reports and newsletters. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has basic ...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

The OP notes a record on Ancestry that describes Philip Rule's discharge from Bodmin jail in 1839. It does not give a reason for incarceration, nor a committal date. This appears to be the only record ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

One place you could start is with TNA's research guide on How to Look for Courts martial and desertion in the British Army 17th-20th centuries (tip courtesy of David Underdown on Twitter). Make a ...
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Prison offence - trespassing underwood fence

I think you'll find it's actually Trespass Damaging underwood fine / 2 (I'm assuming it is the second of the two similar offences shown) "Underwood" in this contest was the small trees & ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

Regarding "maybe it means that he served it and came back", The Victorian Crime and Punishment site notes that: "there was no procedure for return after the sentence expired" "Only a handful ...
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Why was ancestor imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol?

There is a report of the case in the Royal Cornwall Gazette (15th Nov 1834) and concerns debt of £400-£500 by obtaining cattle from farmers on credit. The court "considered this a very fraudulent case ...
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Understanding prison sentence records - England - 1880s

A great many records can be generated as a result of a person being accused and tried for a crime. To evaluate these records properly, it helps to find all the records you can that pertain to the ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

This is a suggestion for further research, so it will by necessity be a stub of an answer. My plan would be to set the records aside for a period of time, and then review all the collected material ...
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

Unfortunately, "Schmidt" in all it's variants is a quite common name in Austria. How you wrote it it may be also be more common for a German person. Providing more detailed information about the ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

So I had a bit of a ponder during a long drive, and did some more reading. I do hope that self-answering doesn't have a coherency/rambling ratio threshold… Anyway, the Marshalsea records are a ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

I contacted the Red Cross a few years ago when they were offering this service. I just gave them my Father in Law's name and date of birth and they sent me the data (well actually my wife had to do it ...
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Are there any online resources to verify death of a inmate at Fort Leavenworth?

You will not be able to access them until 2048. Federal prison records less than 72 years old are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act under subsection (b)(6). To quote from National Archives ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

The answer by @AndyW mentions that the George Wills imprisoned at Bodmin, who was also transported to Bermuda, had siblings named Jane, Thomas and Mary, and also a brother-in-law Thomas Adams. I am ...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

The FamilyHistory.co.uk website have a section dedicated to Cornwall Family History - http://www.familyhistory.co.uk/cornwall-family-history/ They include details of Cornwall Record Office and they ...
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Determining fate of Soviet soldier from Azerbaijan captured by Germans in 1941?

I have been researching my late father's story which is similar. He was conscripted into the Soviet Army from Azerbaijan, captured by the Germans, then served in the German army as many of the ...
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Is there an alternative to the National Archive of Scotland for 19th century Scottish prison records?

Local archives in any given burgh often hold the police records for their jurisdiction, a copy of which would have been sent to the NRS/NAS. Unfortunately, most of the prison records have not been ...
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