Tracing Your Pauper Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: R. Burlinson
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9781844159857
Other: b&w photos, sketch, further reading, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Many family historians will come across direct links to ancestors who were affected by poverty, generations or even centuries ago. Yet despite the
burgeoning interest in genealogy, the history of pauperism and of poor relief has rarely been written about with the family historian in mind. No previous
work has provided a guide to documents and records, from medieval times to the twentieth century, that researchers can use to trace their English pauper ancestors.

Social historian and family history expert Robert Burlinson, in this accessible and informative introduction, gives a vivid account of poverty and the poor. He describes how, over the centuries, private charities and public institutions struggled to cope with an insoluble problem that shaped the lives of millions of our predecessors. He identifies and discusses what records are known to exist, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice of how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not so distant relatives.

This practical guide to the sources, combined with a compelling account of the history of pauperism, gives a fascinating insight into how individuals and
whole families fell into poverty and how they coped with it.

Section 1. The Causes of Poverty
- 1. The Causes of Poverty in Pre-Industrial Britain
- 2. The Causes of Poverty in the Industrial Age
Section 2. The Responses to Poverty
- 3. Early State Intervention
- 4. Charity in Pre-Industrial Britain
- 5. Poor Laws in the Nineteenth Century
- 6. Charity and Self-Help in the Industrial Age
- 7. The Welfare State
- 8. Destitute Children - a Case Study
Section 3. Searching for Poor and Pauper Ancestors
- Appendix 1. Getting Started
- Appendix 2. The Records
- Appendix 3. Further Reading
- Appendix 4. Useful Websites

- Appendix 5. Notes and References


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