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Tracing your poor ancestors, a guide for family historians, Stuart A. Raymond

Tracing your poor ancestors, a guide for family historians, Stuart A. Raymond
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-186) and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Tracing your poor ancestors
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Responsibility statement
Stuart A. Raymond
Series statement
Family history from Pen and Sword
Sub title
a guide for family historians
"Many people in the past - perhaps a majority - were poor. Tracing our ancestors amongst them involves consulting a wide range of sources. Stuart Raymond's handbook is the ideal guide to them. He examines the history of the poor and how they survived. Some were supported by charity. A few were lucky enough to live in an almshouse. Many had to depend on whatever the poor law overseers gave them. Others were forced into the Union workhouse. Some turned to a life of crime. Vagrants were whipped and poor children were apprenticed by the overseers or by a charity. Paupers living in the wrong place were forcibly 'removed' to their parish of settlement. Many parishes and charities offered them the chance to emigrate to North America or Australia. As a result there are many places where information can be found about the poor. Stuart Raymond describes them all: the records of charities, of the poor law overseers, of poor law unions, of Quarter Sessions, of bankruptcy, and of friendly societies. He suggests many other potential sources of information in record offices, libraries, and on the internet."--,
Table Of Contents
Preliminaries to researching the poor -- The history of the poor -- Charities -- Paupers before 1834 : documenting the old poor law -- Paupers after 1834 : documenting the new poor law -- Vagrants -- Criminals : the process of conviction -- Criminals : sentencing and after -- Debtors and bankrupts -- Miscellaneous sources
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