Start with the basics

This guide was last updated in 2009

Before you rush off to an archive in search of surviving police records, you need to be sure exactly what you already know.

Using birth, marriage and death certificates and census returns, it is important to establish the full name of your police ancestor, and the dates, if only approximate, of their service.

You will need to know their geographical location in order to find the correct set of records. You might also use the census to establish what kind of living your ancestor was making: for example, what kind of accommodation were they living in, and what was the local area like?

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