(Lisa Alzo with Internet Genealogy Magazine – March 10, 2016)
Male ancestors weren’t the only ones who had secrets, or got caught behaving badly. Whether we like it or not, the black sheep of our family may have been the women, and they leave fabulous records! Follow the paper trail back to police blotters, court and trial records, newspaper articles—and mugshots like those found on Victorian Mugshots– Ancestry.uk http://ancestry.co.uk or Vintage MugShot http://vintagemugshot.com.
If a big offense, check beyond the town sources and look for records at the county or state level. Look for ‘black-sheep only” collections on the bigger genealogy websites (Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, Fold3, and MyHeritage), such as criminal case files, penitentiary/prison records, convict lists, transportation registers), as well as lesser-known records you can find by performing a Google search or checking Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com/prisons.