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Poor Law Project

Tracing Your Ancestor Through The Sources

March 15, 20183:52 pmMarch 16, 2018 9:17 amLeave a Comment

Project Update Since setting the scene in my last blog post, I’ve had the opportunity to get stuck into some of the original Old Poor Law documents and have a go at tracing people in them. On the whole, this has been fairly successful so far, but not without its setbacks. Unless your ancestor is […]

Old Poor Law Records

February 28, 201812:42 pmMarch 16, 2018 9:53 amLeave a Comment

A Family Historian’s Gold Mine? Poor Law records aren’t necessarily the most obvious place to start when researching family history and often end up under-used. However, they can provide a wealth of information on people’s pauper relatives. As parishes were forced to accept responsibility for their own poor, in-depth examinations and disputes as to which […]