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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.

Sur­viv­ing records

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).

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