Poor Law Records for Family Historians


This book describes many of the Poor Law records that may survive and where to find them, as well as those of other organisations who helped to relieve families in desperate need.

Poor Law Records are the most important records of a Parish after Parish Registers. Through them we can discover ancestors who were "paupers", who were helped through the Poor Law, as well as ancestors who were Poor Law Officers.

The Old Poor Law 1601-1834 includes the records of the Parish Overseers of the poor who were concerned not only with relieving the poor but with matters of settlement, removal, vagrancy, bastardy and apprentceship.

The New Poor Law 1834-1948 includes the records of the Poor Law Unions with their dreaded Workhouses before the introduction of Old Age Pensions and the Welfare State in the Twentieth Century.

Paperback by Simon Fowler.


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