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One million new Poor Law records

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009

More than a million additional records covering the period from 1834-1940 have now been added to the Ancestry UK.  These records were created by the boards of guardians responsible for the care of the poor in their respective Poor Law Unions.

The poorest in society had recourse to some form of relief since Elizabethan times by virtue of the Poor Law. Poor law relief generally applied to the poorest and most vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, orphaned, unemployed, or the sick and afflicted. These individuals were eligible to receive help such as monetary relief and other daily necessities like food, clothing, and work – usually administered via the dreaded workhouses. Children could be appointed to apprenticeships or placed in schools and other institutions. The records also include registers of creed, school, apprentices, servants, children, and inmates among others.

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