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Don’t ignore the minutes of vaccination committees. In addition to statistical reports, they will detail the issuing of notices to parents who refused to have their children vaccinated. This can lead to further research in court records also held at county record offices. Similar in content to the main vaccination registers, they do however contain older children, some of whom were born not only in neighbouring unions but also much further afield and even outside the UK. They can, therefore, be valuable in tracing strays.
Vaccination Officers’ reports contain details of children that had not been found, usually due to a family moving away from the area, and may contain details of where they moved to – or if they had died.
Survival of records is patchy. However, they are worth seeking out if only to discover whether your ancestors were compliant or took a stance against compulsory vaccination. They will generally be found at the relevant county record office deposited with Poor Law Union records. Post-1930, they will be with local authority records.
Access will be restricted for any vaccination records less than 100 years old. Any relevant records prior to 1834 will be most likely found with parish vestry minutes and early Poor Law records at the diocesan record office. The only digitised vaccination registers available online are those held by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Glasgow ( rcpsg.ac.uk/library).