Old Bailey Online – The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.
Want to find an interesting branch of your family tree? Try searching on this new database of criminal records. Anyone involved with trials at the Old Bailey in London (England) between 1674 and 1913 is on this data base. The Old Bailey Online was launched this month and is already swamped with visitors (so the site may be slow). We heard about it on the BBC radio news.
I don’t know enough of my family tree to do any searching but I would love to hear from anyone who finds a relative in the database. They have a nice feature on the home page, “On this day in …”, where you can start diving into this interesting database, but each time I click it, nothing appears. We all need to wait a few weeks until they get their servers up to speed for all of us who will be searching.