Poor, illegitimate, sick, temporarily out of work, old, deserving or undeserving, those who could not or would not support themselves obtained help, in England and Wales, either from the parish, before 1834, or the poor law union, after 1834. Careful records were kept and they are helpful to family historians not only for what they reveal about those receiving assistance but about the local people who paid the rates and made the system work. The course explains how poor relief evolved, functioned and recorded its activities. You will learn how to use these records, how they can solve genealogical problems and what fascinating insights they offer into the lives of your ancestors. Online information and data are integral to the course. The course is for anyone searching poor law records for the first time or wanting to build on existing knowledge.
Amongst the topics covered:
* Records of the Poor: background, terminology, how the Internet can help
* Parish Poor Law Records (1) types, use, indexes, access
* Parish Poor Law Records (2) other related parish records - bastardy, accounts, etc.
* Workhouse Records: content, use, access, life in the workhouse
* Other Related Records of the Poor including orphanages and charities