Further enquiries

This guide was last updated in 2009

Beyond the official records kept by the various police forces, you may find reference to your ancestor and their activities in a number of other sources.

Details of and attitudes towards crime and policing in any given area may be reported in the local paper. You may be lucky enough to find your ancestor mentioned by name, making an important arrest or caught up in a notorious trial. It is worth checking the Times Digital Archive in case you strike it lucky.

But even if there is no name relevant to you in the sources, you can look at the kind of crime that your ancestor would have had to deal with, and gain a valuable glimpse at the circumstances in which they lived and worked.

You may also find that a police newspaper or magazine was produced for the time and area in which your ancestor was active, and in which you might find details or awards and promotions, daily activities or perhaps an informative obituary.


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