Adding sources for a criminal record

+3 votes
I am the manager of a profile who has indictment records online. He was born in about 1775. There are not many records for this man, I found some possible census records. He was definitely a violent man.  I read some posts on this subject, they all are conflicting thoughts on these types of criminal records. I really would like the opinion of a well-versed genealogist as to the listing of these records. I hope this question does not spark another lengthy debate. The posts I read were, well, a little heated. Thanks.
WikiTree profile: George Copeland
asked in Policy and Style by Lori Harlan G2G6 (6.1k points)
edited by Lori Harlan

2 Answers

+4 votes
Best answer
Would a free space page with his ‘bad side’ revealed and a link to it on his profile,with a warning/advice make sense?

That way people can make up their own mind as to whether they want to know it all
answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Mach 4 (43.2k points)
selected by Navarro Mariott
Thanks for the star Navarro
+3 votes
I'm not sure why it wouldn't be appropriate to use these sources. Just don't put loads of gory detail in the bio.

I'd put that on XXXX date at <name of court> George was tried for the crime of <type of crime on the charge sheet>, was found guilty and sentenced to <type and duration of punishment> in <whatever prison or place, as appropriate>. If he was sentenced to death, put that he was given the death penalty and the date it was enacted.
answered by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (152k points)

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