Bas­tardy records hit An­ces­

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A col­lec­tion of more than 14,000 bas­tardy records held by West York­shire Ar­chive Ser­vice has been in­dexed and made avail­able at An­ces­ Span­ning the years 1690-1914, the record set con­tains an ar­ray of doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the main­te­nance of il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren, in­clud­ing bas­tardy bonds and war­rants for ap­pre­hend­ing fa­thers who tried to es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pa­ter­nity. You can ex­plore the fully search­able col­lec­tion by vis­it­ing

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