Warwickshire Parish Records Online

clip_image002Ancestry.co.uk have just put up parish records for Warwickshire. These records include baptisms, marriages & burials, Poor Relief Books, Constable Reports etc. So if you have ancestors who lived in this county go and enjoy the luxury of have the record office come to you!

Wonder which county will be next?!!


Norfolk Parish Registers

I see that a selection of Bishop Transcripts 1685 – 1941 fclip_image002or Norfolk are now on www.familysearch.org plus about 1,000 images of Poor Law records 1796 – 1900. These join the already extensive holdings online for Norfolk. Now my John Southwell “might “ have come from Norfolk so I had better go and see if I can find him!!


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London Lives 1690 -1800


London Lives 1690- 1800This wonderful offering from the Universities of Sheffield & Herefordshire is a great asset from those with London ancestors and let’s face it most of us are going to have had people go through London at one time or another even if they didn’t stay for very long.

The introduction to the website states….

London Lives makes available, in a fully digitised and searchable form, a wide range of primary sources about eighteenth-century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. This resource includes over 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from eight London archives and is supplemented by fifteen datasets created by other projects. It provides access to historical records containing over 3.35 million name instances. Facilities are provided to allow users to link together records relating to the same individual, and to compile biographies of the best documented individuals.


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West Sussex Poor Law Index

West Sussex Poor Law databaseWhat a great find this website is, well it would be if I had any ancestors in West Sussex! I lived in Horsham in Sussex many years ago, but didn’t have to apply for a payment from the poor box so really have no reason to think it will be of use to me in my research!

However I can appreciate the work that went into create this database and how invaluable it is to those with ancestors from West Sussex. The database covers the period 1635 – 1835 and give access to the poor law records in this database as follows:

  • Search gives Poor Law Record lists against Surname, Forename, Year and Parish parameters
  • Surnames gives alphabetic surname listing of all those people listed in the Poor Law Records
  • Parishes gives a listing of all those parishes whose Poor Law Records are included in this database
  • Order Types gives a listing of all the many different types of Poor Law Records
  • Years gives a listing of all the years for which there are Poor Law Records

The database is the work of the Sussex Record Society and they are to be congratulated on it.


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More London Poor Law Records

Ancestry LMA collection 1Ancestry.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.


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