Thursday, May 1, 2014

Victorian Youth Offender Records Contest has offered Genea-Musings readers the opportunity to win a 3-month Ancestry World Explorer membership by perusing the West Yorkshire Record Collection, 1779-1914.

The records that can be perused to enter the contest include:

  • West Yorkshire England Reformatory School Records 1856-1914
  • West Yorkshire, England, Prison Records, 1801-1914

  • The contest rules:

    1)  Find an interesting case in one of the two databases noted above.  It could be one of your ancestors, a person in your family, or a random person.

    2)  Post a brief summary of the interesting case in a comment to this post, or on your own blog, and leave a comment on this blog post with a link to your blog post.  

    3)  Highlight your blog post or comment on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ with a link to it.

    4)  Entries will close on Sunday, 11 May 2014 at 12 midnight Pacific time (0700 UTC Monday, 12 May).  

    5)  I will select one entry using a random number generator to be the winner, and announce the winner in a separate blog post with the entrant's comment and link.

    6)  The winner will need to contact me by email after the selection, and I will pass their name and email address to for the prize award of a 3-month World Explorer subscription.

    NOTE:  Entrants will need a current World Explorer or UK subscription, or sign up for a 14-day free trial at in order to find the interesting records.  If you do the free trial, you will need to enter a valid credit card number in order to obtain the free trial.

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    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    I found this interesting case in the England Prison Records, 1801-1914-

    This was at the Wakefield House of Correction, November 1, 1842

    Mary Penistone, age 50, Height 5 feet, 2 inches, married to Richard Penistone, 7 children, maiden name Aldridge.
    Imprisoned from November 1, 1842 to April 29, 1843 for stealing a pair of shoes that belonged to Margaret Heaton. She also stole 9 yards of printed cotton and 10 silk handkerchiefs, property of Dennis Roberts.