Work­house records search­able

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

Records re­veal­ing the plight of peo­ple in Lon­don work­houses as far back as the 17th cen­tury have been made fully search­able on­line.

Ances­ has added 1.1 mil­lion fur­ther en­tries from Cen­tral and West Lon­don and 2.6 mil­lion records from South Lon­don to its ex­ist­ing Work­house Ad­mis­sion and Dis­charge Records col­lec­tion, tak­ing the to­tal to more than seven mil­lion.

Digi­tised from ma­te­rial held at Lon­don Metropoli­tan Ar­chives, the col­lec­tion re­veals in­for­ma­tion about men, women and chil­dren re­sid­ing in work­houses cre­ated and ad­min­is­tered un­der the Poor Law Acts.

As well as the in­mate’s name, age, date of ad­mis­sion and date of dis­charge, some en­tries also pro­vide de­tails of their con­di­tion or care.

Al­though the scans have pre­vi­ously been avail­able on Ances­try as part of a sep­a­rate browse-only set, this is the first time the im­ages have been in­dexed and made search­able by name.

An Ances­try spokesper­son told Who Do You Think Are? Mag­a­zine that records from East and North Lon­don would also be added in the near fu­ture.

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