Tracing Your Poor Ancestors (ePub)
A Guide for Family Historians
Many people in the past – perhaps a majority – were poor. Tracing our ancestors amongst them involves consulting a wide range of sources. Stuart Raymond’s handbook is the ideal guide to them.
He examines the history of the poor and how they survived. Some were supported by charity. A few were lucky enough to live in an almshouse. Many had to depend on whatever the poor law overseers gave them. Others were forced into the Union workhouse. Some turned to a life of crime. Vagrants were whipped and poor children were apprenticed by the overseers or by a charity. Paupers living in the wrong place were forcibly ‘removed’ to their parish of settlement. Many parishes and charities offered them the chance to emigrate to North America or Australia.
As a result there are many places where information can be found about the poor. Stuart Raymond describes them all: the records of charities, of the poor law overseers, of poor law unions, of Quarter Sessions, of bankruptcy, and of friendly societies. He suggests many other potential sources of information in record offices, libraries, and on the internet.
It's not the first book I've reviewed on this topic, but it is the most up-to-date and the most comprehensive. I doubt there is anyone reading this who doesn’t have relatives who fell on hard times, or who succeeded in dragging themselves out of the gutter through their own endeavours – there are certainly many of them in my tree. I read the paperback, but the book is also available in Kindle format.Lost Cousins
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A big thank you to the author Stuart A Raymond, and Pen & Sword for this little gem of a book.NetGalley, L. J
I’ve been researching my family history for a few years now, and at times I’ve hit many a brick wall. This book is packed full of helpful advice and tips for gaining knowledge about your poorer ancestors.
It also gives readers an insight to how their lives were.
I d thoroughly recommend to anyone looking to start their family tree, or even to advanced genealogists. A must for any history lover.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Sue Fernandez
What was intriguing about this book, and it did not disappoint, was that it focused on those of us who might've had ancestors that were less than wealthy. I come from farmers and coal miners, so many times I was disappointed with information and/or photographs that others have for their relatives, and I might not for mine. The author gives great assist in how to obtain your own information and focuses on this lesser-discussed aspect of family history. Highly recommend.
I think the best parts of this book are the historical accounts of the poor - various poor laws, the struggles of the needy, the "worthy" poor vs. the "unworthy" poor, etc. It offers up necessary reading for anyone looking to get a glimpse at the lives at their ancestors (as most of us had ancestors that were not wealthy). There are also sources to check into for finding records of the English poor. A must-read if you are a genealogist in this category!NetGalley, Erin Childs
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Cath P
Yet again Pen & Sword have delivered the definitive book for researching your Poor Ancestors.
An excellent book for beginners and experienced researchers. It includes how to use online sites and how to get the best from visits to archives.
It’s also illustrates the lives of are ancestor in a time before social welfare and health care. An interesting read even if you are not interested in your family history. By the end you will be!