Poor law records

While it’s exciting to find an ancestor’s name in old records, I find it’s also illuminating to read stories about the times in which they lived and what their contemporaries experienced.

A recent Findmypast blog posting, “Using Poor Law Records,” highlighted 1) two sets of Dublin-based records, Deserted Children Dublin and Dublin Workhouses Admission and Discharge Registers, 1840-1919, and 2) a set of records covering the western counties of Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans, 1821-1864.

I can’t stop thinking about the tragic story told of young Thomas and Catherine Conway, orphaned or abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets of Dublin. What happened to them? The blog posting doesn’t tell us, but it clearly suggests what their early lives were like.

One doesn’t need a Findmypast subscription to read their blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/.

(Warning: Reading their blog and learning about the various Findmypast record sets may make you wish you had a FMP subscription.  Kinda like we hope reading this blog will make you wish you were a member of the Irish Genealogical Society International: www.irishgenealogical.org/.)


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