Old Bailey Online

Many family historians will be familiar with “Old Bailey Online“, The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913.

This is 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. How I remember waiting patiently (!) for them to reach 1828 so that the records of “my” convict could be loaded.

An Old Bailey user wiki has now been launched, allowing users to contribute information on people mentioned in the Proceedings, historical background, related source materials, and corrections. The wiki also includes the bibliography and schools pages. This is a great way of adding value to this fabulous site and demonstrating the “sharing” family historians are so renowned for. Enjoy

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