Friday, 19 April 2013

East End Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records New at Ancestry

Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930, comprises 218,139 records from the unions of London's East End. The coverage is sporadic:

Bethnal Green: Orders of Removal for 1837-1853, 1855-1865; Settlement Papers for 1889-1894.
Hackney:  Orders of Removal for 1867-1868, 1900, 1903-1907, 1913-1914, 1920-1921; Settlement Papers 1850-1870, 1892-1915.
Poplar: Orders of Removal for 1874-1892; Settlement Papers
Shoreditch: 1885-1886, 1889-1890, 1893-1894, 1904; Settlement Papers 1874-1892.
Stepney: Orders of Removal for 1826-1836; no Settlement Papers

These records are digitized from originals at the London Metropolitan Archives. Advice from Ancestry is:

"Details included in these records vary widely, depending on the document. An order of removal may contain a name, age, current parish, and parish being removed to. A settlement register may note number of children and marital status. Documents from inquiries and examinations can be even more extensive. In the end, you may be able to uncover some of the following information: name; age; parish; date; places and dates of residence (both current and former); spouse and marriage details; children’s names, birth dates, and birthplace; profession; other family members’ names and residences; summary of the situation and grounds for settlement or removal.
Some of the cases include multiple documents, so be sure to use the arrow keys to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor."

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