Tuesday, 7 January 2020

FamilySearch adds Irish Poverty Relief Funds 1810-1887 index

FamilySearch has added the following Irish collection:

Ireland, Poverty Relief Funds, 1810-1887 
691,210 added to new indexed records collection

Digital images of originals housed at the National Archives. Index includes the borrower's name and the guarantors or witnesses for the loan. The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to the 'industrious poor'. Local associations and committees administered the scheme, most often from a small town in a rural area, and county committees oversaw their work.

The records of the local associations and county committees are in the The National Archives record series (PRO) T91. As well as the notes of security for the loans, there are loan ledgers, repayment books and defaulters' books. The minimum information supplied is address and occupation, but much additional detail is often given in the local association records, including notes on health, family circumstances and emigration. The local records generally run from the late 1830s to the mid-1840s.
NB: FindmyPast has records from this collection also, through its Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874 dataset, noting its holdings to 'amazing collection of records from Ireland’s Western Seaboard'. Its description is quite detailed, noting the specific counties involved and details of the scheme - see https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/ireland-poverty-relief-loans-1821-1874.

Also for England:

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904
43 added indexed records to an existing collection
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 
1,898 added indexed records to an existing collection
For details of other collections just released worldwide, visit https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-6-january-2020/


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

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