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“Pro­ceed­ings in mag­is­trates or po­lice courts are usu­ally re­ported in lo­cal news­pa­pers, giv­ing far more in­for­ma­tion than the of­fi­cial records. It’s al­ways worth check­ing the Bri­tish News­pa­per Ar­chive on­line (also avail­able on findmy

past.co.uk) or the Bur­ney Col­lec­tion of 17th and 18th cen­tury Eng­lish news­pa­pers (digi­tised and avail­able via li­braries) to find out more about pro­ceed­ings in the lower courts – or in­deed about any crim­i­nal tri­als or in­quests, all of which were a sta­ple of lo­cal papers un­til the mid-20th cen­tury. Even early county news­pa­pers usu­ally had a col­umn or two with lo­cal news of this kind.”

KATHY CHATER Pro­fes­sional genealogist, writer and mem­ber of the Huguenot So­ci­ety and the SoG

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