Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ancestry adds West Yorkshire Estate Rental and Poor Law browse files

From the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Ancestry has added two multi-part databases  of particular interest for those researching prior to the census and civil registration.  These are browse files, unindexed images of the original records.

West Yorkshire, England, Estate Rentals, 1380-1932,  These 7,713 records, contains rental and other records primarily from three West Yorkshire estates: Temple Newsam, Studley Royal, and Nostell Priory. Records include rents books, lists of servants, account and expense books, receipts, and similar items. You’ll find names, dates, places, and sometimes duties and hiring details for servants.
Organized by manor most are for the 17th and 18th century. A couple of the manors include records from Lincolnshire.

West Yorkshire, England, Select Poor Law and Township Records, 1663-1914. With 53,139 records this collection of various Poor Law and township records relates mostly to the disposition of relief in West Yorkshire, England. Some miscellaneous township records are also included.

The original data is for: Addington, Allerton cun Wilsden Township, Batley, Bingley, Bingley and Howarth, Bistworth - St James, Bowling, Bradford, Bramley, Brotherton - St Edwards, Burley, Carleton in Craven - St Mary the Virgin, Cumberworth, Denby, Elland cum Greetland, Emley, Emley - St Michael, Esholt cum Guiseley, Guiseley - St Oswald, Halifax, Halifax and Skircoat, Harrogate, Hartshead, Hemsworth, Heptonstall, Holbeck, Holmfirth, Honley, Horsforth, Huddesfield, Ibbotroyd, Keighley Township, Kippax, Kirk Deighton, Kranesborough Township, Landfield, Leeds, Manningham, Midgley, Netherthong, Netherthong - All Saints, Pontefract, Rothwell, Sanda Magna, Shelf, Shipley, Silsden Township, Slaithwaite, Soothill, South Kirby, Southowram, Sowerby, Spofford, Stansfield, Thornfield, Thurstonland, Todmorton, Tong-Bradford, Wadsworth - Midgey, Wakefield, Warley, West Yorkshire.

(This list is included not only as it might be found in a search but also for the joy of some of the quaint names.)

Examples of the types of records found in this collection include
overseers’ disbursements, account books, and minute books
churchwardens’ records
township receipts and disbursements
workhouse records
relief records
disbursements for the poor
payment to mothers of illegitimate children
children’s register
dole rents and distribution
receipt and expenditure books
constables’ accounts
highway surveyors’ accounts
affiliation orders
relief registers
food vouchers
lunatic registers

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