Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - EX­PERT TIPS -

“These records can pro­vide de­tails of births, pros­e­cu­tions of par­ents who did not com­ply, med­i­cal ex­emp­tions and deaths of un­vac­ci­nated chil­dren un­der a year old. Work­house in­mates were vac­ci­nated from 1840. From 1853, it was com­pul­sory for all chil­dren within three months of birth, with reg­is­ters kept by lo­cal regis­trars. In 1867, all re­spon­si­bil­ity passed to work­house of­fi­cials. Vac­ci­na­tion of­fi­cers took over the record keep­ing in 1871. Reg­is­ters can be found in lo­cal record of­fices among work­house and health depart­ment col­lec­tions. Some copies are at TNA among Poor Law Com­mis­sion­ers, Poor Law Board and Boards of Guardians cor­re­spon­dence (se­ries MH 12).”

GILL BLANCHARD Pro­fes­sional genealogist, house his­to­rian, AGRA mem­ber and au­thor ( www. past­search.co.uk)

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