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Searching for early Charles Street Jail records in Boston.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: The brother of my great-great grandfather was a small time criminal.  I understand from family correspondence he was at the jail in Boston on Charles Street ca. 1878-1879.  Do you know when I can locate these records in Boston?


Answer:  The records for Boston's Charles Street Jail do exist at the offices of the Boston Archives and Records Management.  For the years 1878-1879 you will want to examine the Daily Record of Inmates, 1875-1880 (vols. 33-34).  The records are arranged chronological and include the inmate's name; age; sentence; offence for imprisonment; and their fines.  To find out more about this collection and arrange an appointment to view the records:

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