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criminal history?

Posted: 11 Apr 2011 6:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi! I am hoping someone can help me or lead me in the right direction for what I am trying to find. I am looking for documentation of time served in jail by one of my great-grandfathers. I have been told by members of the family that he served time for bootlegging, I have it narrowed down to two different counties that it could have been in, not real sure on dates though, I think it was probably in the 1940's possibly 1950's. How do I go about finding this info out?

Re: criminal history?

Posted: 11 Apr 2011 9:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Jun 2012 12:37PM GMT
It's difficult to help without a name and possible location. You could try posting on the relevant newspaper board and ask for a lookup, or contact the libraries in the area in which the crime was committed and ask the research librarian for a lookup.

Re: criminal history?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 3:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi! Thanks for the info, I have visited the library in the county that the arrest was said to have happened in, but the library had no record of it, but the employee said that their records were not complete so even though he could not find it, it still could have happened. I am 99.9% sure it was in Humphreys County, Tennessee. His full name was Robert Brice Hudson, but he went by Brice, I have also seen it spelled Bryce. Thanks again for all your help!

Re: criminal history?

Posted: 12 Apr 2011 4:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
I suggest you make a telephone call to the court office in whatever county you are searching in. What you're looking for may not be on line. Google it.

Bob Gaudio

Re: criminal history?

Posted: 9 Mar 2012 8:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
It's been a while since you posted this so perhaps you have already gotten an answer and found your ancestors records. As a retired police officer I can give you a little insight on your search. Realize first that every jurisdiction may present different challenges but here are some general thoughts. He might have been arrested by any of several law enforcement agencies....perhaps a city police department, or the county Sheriff, State Police or perhaps even a federal agency (if he were in violation of federal liquor tax laws for example) If he were arrested by State, County, or local police then you should be able to find a record in one of the local courts. Many places have more than one court and you will need to check with the County Clerk to determine the number of courts and which one would most likely have been the presiding court for that sort of arrest.

Had someone come to our police department seeking information on an arrest that happened 40 or 50 or more years ago we would have had a very difficult time producing information since those records have been moved into storage and none of those old arrests were ever digitized. It would involve sorting through a lot of paperwork, If you were lucky we would have been able to find an "arrest card" in an alphabetized file. As I recall we used to purge those cards from the file if we knew the person was deceased. Saves space, but doesn't help future researchers much. Different states have different public records retention laws affecting police departments so your luck in locating information will vary from place to place.

Looking for the court records would also be a challenge for the same reasons, not knowing a year would make it especially difficult to find as you would need to search docket book indexes one year at a time and each court would have their own set of docket books. Knowing at least the year of arrest(s) would help a great deal. If he had served time in a state prison your search would be a lot easier, many states have digitized their old records and can do a search on a name pretty easily. I found a distant cousin who served time in the Nebraska state Prison in 1909 without much difficulty. I initially discovered that incident from a newspaper article I accidentally discovered. Local newspapers often record crime stories and arrests....but again you will need to have a date or at least something close in order to search through the old papers.

Re: criminal history?

Posted: 7 Jun 2012 7:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a rather large "prison" et al archive on my PC I will search. Meanwhile, try contacting the local historical society and ask if they will do a search of their archives. Many old institutional records are handed over to historical societies for safe keeping. If nothing, try the state HS and even closest, local genealogical society.
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