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Ask a Genealogist: In search of Boston prison records.

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Question:

Can you offer me some instruction where I can find the prison records for a relative?  He shows up in the Charles Street Jail in Boston at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census.  Thank you for your help.

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Reply by Alice Kane, NEHGS Genealogist

Thank you for your query to the Ask A Genealogist service concerning your ancestor who was found at the Suffolk Jail in the 1930 federal census.

The Boston City Archives hold the records of the Charles Street Jail (aka Suffolk County Jail) that include intake logs which might have references to your ancestor. A finding aid to the collection can be found at this URL http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Guide%20to%20the%20Charles%20Street%20Jail%20records_tcm3-30030.pdf . The Boston City Archives can be contacted at 201 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury, MA, 02132; phone: 617-635-1195; email: archives@cityofboston.gov .

You may also wish to consult with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives for locating municipal court records related to George Mudge's assignment to the Suffolk Jail. Ms. Elizabeth Bouvier is the head archivist and can be reached at Supreme Judicial Court Archives, 3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor, Boston, MA, 02108; phone: 617-557-1082; email: elizabeth.bouvier@sjc.state.ma.us .

Thank you again for contacting our Ask A Genealogist service.

Posted by David Lambert at 11/26/2013 04:49:44 PM | 


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