Prison Records and Your Genealogical Research



Let’s face it. Not everyone is squeaky clean. This has been true throughout all of human history, and this means your ancestors were just as likely to have done some questionable deeds as anyone else you know. Sometimes, those questionable deeds even resulted in legal action against them, and sometimes, prison time. There have been prisons and jails for just about as long as there have been people. If you know one of your ancestors spent time in prison, or discover through your research that they did, it is always a good idea to look and see if there are any prison records you can use to find out more about them, their family, what landed them there, and what kind of a person they were before, during, and even after their stint in the joint...