Note: this is generally not the place to look for databases of currently incarcerated prisoners. This guide is for historical prison records, indexes, and databases for genealogy and other biographical research.

Alabama

Alabama, U.S., Death Record of State Convicts, 1843-1951 at Ancestry/requires payment

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Wethersfield State Prison Records

Colorado

Colorado State Penitentiary Index, 1871-1973; and State Reformatory Index, 1887-1939 also indexes some pardons
Choose "Corrections" on the "Record Type" pull-down menu.

Georgia

Atlanta Federal Penitentiary Case Files Index from the National Archives

Idaho

Old Idaho Penitentiary Inmates Catalog includes...

Illinois

Indiana

Indiana Department of Correction Indexes includes...

Iowa

Iowa, Consecutive Registers of Convicts, 1867-1970 at Ancestry/requires payment

Kansas

Louisiana

Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963 from FamilySearch

Missouri

Missouri State Penitentiary Database, 1836-1931 from the Missouri State Archives

Montana

Montana, Prison Records, 1861-1968 at Ancestry/requires payment

Nebraska

Nebraska Prisoner Records Database

Nevada

Nevada State Prison Inmate Case Files, 1863-1972

New Hampshire

New Hampshire, U.S., Prison Records, 1812-1968 at Ancestry/requires payment

New Mexico

New Mexico, Prison and Correctional Records, 1905-1958 at Ancestry/requires payment

New York

Ohio

Ohio Incarceration Records Index Search, 1888-1923 (Bertillon Card Index)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, Prison, Reformatory, and Workhouse Records, 1829-1971 at Ancestry/requires payment; includes the Allegheny County Workhouse, the Eastern State Penitentiary, the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory (Huntingdon), and the Western State Penitentiary; coverage varies by facility

Tennessee

Texas

Texas, Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945 at Ancestry/requires payment

Washington

General

Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Name Search for Inmates in Federal Prisons, 1982 to the present

For some Civil War prisons see: Online Civil War Records and Indexes


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This list was updated on 11 November 2022.

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