|Leonard McCray, Inmate Number 2541, at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, National Archives|
|Palatka Florida News, 1921|
|Federal Prohibition Agent|
- Mug Shot - These pics are clear, and the person is definitely identified.
- Record Sheet -To include name, crime, violation (some surprisingly minor) and dates.
- Personal Data Sheet - Birth, education and religion. Often includes spouse and parent’s name.
- Fingerprints - These records include marks and scars.
- Daily Work Record -Reports our ancestors’ daily life in prison.
- Hospital Record - Medical records are often difficult to obtain for ancestors, but prison records proffer the information without a fuss (up to 1952).
- Correspondence Log -These records may hold the post office and state of correspondence. This kind of information may assist a researcher to a family’s whereabouts.
- Personal Correspondence - Although letters were considered private property of inmates, they may have been confiscated and preserved due to a violation
- Trusty Prisoner’s Agreement - Perhaps your ancestor was remorseful and on the mends. He may have been allowed to work outside the walls or in a low level job inside. That might give a happy closure to those sleepless nights.
- Sentence of Court Case -We all have used court cases to further our research and you definitely wouldn’t want to disregard this one.
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