3 Old Bailey Online
Court records are of course another potential hunting ground for ne’er- do-well namesakes. Records of quarter sessions will be found in local record offices, while records of the assizes are at The National Archives ( TNA). Meanwhile, you can dip into the fascinating Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 to 1913, which contains fascinating accounts of almost 200,000 trials held at London’s Central Criminal Court. This website hasn’t changed much since launch more than a decade ago, and the fact that it still works so well is credit to its creators.