Sunday, 31 July 2011

Poor Law Records from the Borders Family History Society

The Borders Family History Society has been digitizing Poor Law records. A typical Poor Law record lists name, place of birth, age or date of birth, address, list of close family members and description of disablement (required to collect the social assistance). Additional information on such records can sometimes include a woman’s maiden name, religion, disabilities and date of death (if buried as a pauper). The Borders Family History Society has published the digitized records on CD, which can be purchased from the society. Poor Law records are available for both Jedburgh and Melrose parishes.

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