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I don't know if this is the right place to put this, sorry if it isn't.


Just a question to be honest. How do I go about finding information on ancestors who were in workhouses? Or should I say where would I find records on ancestors who wee put into workhouses?

Any tips on this would be helpful. Thanks.
 

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Workhouse records do vary. Most workhouses went on to be National Health Hospitals and it depends on the management as to whether they kept the records or not. There are also sometimes records where the person applied for assistance before they entered. Really the local archive would be the best to ask but many archives list what they have available online so it is worth seeking out the archive's website to see what's available. Makes your search easier when you get there.
 

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Hi

I have found many ancestors in workhouse records for London. One was admitted there in December 1848 aged 57 of illness and died in February 1851. This is the St Marylebone Workhouse.

My ancestors Thomas Roberts & William Thomas Coombs were in London workhouses in the 1880s and the registers gave occupation, year of birth, by whose order admitted, marital status, parish of residence and address.

Is there a specific workhouse you are interested in?

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Hi Middy
I found one of my relatives was in the workhouse. It can be quite hard to find if it falls in between the census years and relatives seem to disappear. :confused: If you have an idea of when your relative was in the workhouse that makes census checks a little easier. Also if you know what year your relative died it will say on the death certificate when and when they died
 

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Hi

The religious creed register was done in those days in case the inmate died then the appropriate religion burial would be performed ie Catholic, Established Church, etc.

Workhouse registers and poor law records can be the third most informative genealogy info to the census and birth certs.

Ben
 

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