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Poor Law Project

Do you have a bastard ancestor?

May 3, 20183:17 pmLeave a Comment

If you know or suspect that one of your ancestors was a bastard, the bastardy records within the Old Poor Law collections are an incredibly useful source of information. If you are trying to identify whether or not your ancestor was a bastard, it is often directly stated in the baptism registers. Where this is […]

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Indexing the Overseers’ Accounts

April 5, 20188:50 amLeave a Comment

Overseers’ accounts list the parishioners paying the poor rate and the paupers who then received it through poor relief. They are one of the most detailed sources of information for the Old Poor Law, detailing exactly how this money was spent. The accounts can often help fill in the gaps when researching a pauper ancestor. […]

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 […]