Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Think your ancestor didn’t do time?

You might want to search this collection of more than 10,000 prison records anyway, as you’d be surprised what could get you incarcerated. We found some people arrested for “destroying a mailbox,” “selling liquor to soldiers” and “joy riding.“

On the other hand, if you know your ancestor had a sketchy past you’ll definitely want to check out this collection. Atlanta’s is the largest of the four federal prisons, and many criminals who didn’t end up in Atlanta were sent there before being routed elsewhere.

Or you may just enjoy searching the records for famous criminals, since Atlanta has held some of the country’s most notorious ones, including train robbers, mob bosses and financial schemers. (Hint: Try a search for Carlo Ponzi--listed in prison records as Charles P. Ponci-- of “Ponzi scheme” fame.)

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