Ancestry.co.uk have just announced the release of another one million Poor Law Records scanned from the London Metropolitan Archives. So if you didn’t find your ancestors the first time you searched this collection then it’s worth while doing another search.
Here is their press release…………
In March this year, we released our first set of Poor Law Records. Now, only a few months later, we’re delighted to announce the release of one million more of these fascinating records.
Since Elizabethan time, the poorest in UK society had recourse to some form of relief 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.
A significant development occurred in 1834 when the Poor Law Amendment Act went further and created boards of guardians responsible for the care of the poor in their respective Poor Law Unions – administrative areas usually consisting of a group of individual parishes.
It is the paper trail created by these boards that now comprises this intriguing collection, and we’re happy to say that more than one million additional records covering the period from 1834-1940 have now been added to the site.