Seeking father's prison records from the 1960s

My father met and married my mother under Steve Thompson while here in California. I know he had a wife and child in Detroit when he fled.

  • Dear Ms. Thompson,


    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


    We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 series in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) that includes records of criminal cases in the Southern (Detroit) Division of the Eastern District of Michigan for the 1960s that may have the court case records for Walter Ransom Williams.  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) via email at


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    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!