England Bibliography of Poor Law and Parish Chest Materials (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course English: Poor Law and Parish Chest Records  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

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ALEXANDER, Matthew. 1985. Curious Charities in Tales of Old Surrey. Countryside Books.

ANSTRUTHER, I. 1984. The Scandal of the Andover Workhouse. Alan Sutton.

ARNOLD-BAKER, Charles. 1958. Parish Administration. Methuen.

BAGNELL, Kenneth. 1980. The Little Immigrants, MacMillan of Canada.

BEDFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY. 1991. Bedfordshire Parish Poor Law Papers 1622-1834. An Index to Personal Names Mentioned in Poor Law Documents (Largely Relating to Settlement) Contained in the Archives of Bedfordshire Ecclesiastical Parishes. BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and BEDFORDSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY.

BOOTH, Charles. 1902. Life and Labour of the People in London. [For Booth’s 392 notebooks compiled 1886-1898 that formed the basis for this book see STEELE, and maps and notebooks online, reviewed in East Surrey FHS Journal Vol 24 #3, page 15-16.].

BRICKNELL, Diana. Pre 1993. Overseers of the Poor, West Stour. The Greenwood Tree (Somerset and Dorset Family History Society).

BURCHALL, Michael. 1986. The Poor and the Poor Laws pages 81-98 in Family History Annual, edited and published by M. Burchall.

CAMERON, Wendy and MAUDE, Mary McDougall. 2000. Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada: the Petworth Project, 1832-1837. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.

CAMERON, Wendy et al. 2000. English Immigrant Voices: Labourers’ Letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.

CAMP, Anthony. 1994. My Ancestors Moved in England and Wales. Society of Genealogists.

CAMP, Anthony. 1999. Militia Relief in Some Non-London Records at the London Metropolitan Archives. Family Tree Magazine Vol 15 #7, page 10-11.

CAMP, Anthony. 2001. Records of Illegitimate Children. Family Tree Magazine Vol 17 #7, page 7-9.

CAMP, Anthony. 2002-1. This Examinant Saith... The Settlement Examination. Family Tree Magazine Vol 18 #5, page 4-6.

CAMP, Anthony. 2002-2. Whereas the Complaint Hath Been Made ... The Removal Order. Family Tree Magazine Vol 18 #7, page 15-16.

CAVELL, Jane. 2002. Internet Resources: Workhouses. Family Tree Magazine Vol 18 #5, page 34.

CHARITY COMMISSIONERS. Reports of the Commissioners for Inquiring Concerning Charities. 1819-1840. H.M.S.O.

CHRISTENSEN, Penelope. 2001. Parishes and Registration Districts in England and Wales. Heritage Productions.

CHURCH, Ann. 2002. Ashburton. Devon Family Historian #101 page 5.

CHURCH, Rosemary (editor). 1996. The Compleat Parish Officer. Wiltshire Family History Society.

CLARK, Peter. Poverty and Social Policy 1750-1850. Open University. Quoted by BURCHALL 1986.

COLE, Anne. 2000 (2nd edition). Poor Law Documents before 1834. Federation of Family History Societies.

COLE, Jean. 2001. Tyburn Tickets in Questions and Answers. Family Tree Magazine Vol 17 #7, page 17.

COLE, Jean and TITFORD, John. 1997. Tracing Your Family Tree. Countryside Books.

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EDEN, Frederick Morton. 1966 3 volumes (original 1797). The State of the Poor. Cass (original publisher J. Davis). FHL # 942 H2ef (not yet filmed). There is also a one-volume abridged edition.

ELDERTON, Barbara. 2001. Master and Mistress’s Naughty Nights in the Workhouse. Journal of One-Name Studies Vol 7 #8, page 26.

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL and ESSEX SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HISTORY. 1996. Name Index to Poor Law Settlement Papers. 4 microfiches. Essex Record Office.

FERDINANDO, Peter. 1999. Child of a Child of the Jago. Cockney Ancestor (East of London Family History Society) #84 page 5-7. [see MORRISON].

FITZHUGH, Terrick V.H. 1985 The Dictionary of Genealogy. Alphabooks.

FOWLER, Simon. 199?. Not Only Paupers. Family Tree Magazine Vol ?

GIBSON, Jeremy and HAMPSON, Elizabeth. 2000 2nd edition. Specialist Indexes for Family Historians. Federation of Family History Societies.

GIBSON, Jeremy and MILLS, Dennis. 1987. Land Tax Assessments c1690-c1950. Federation of Family History Societies.

GIBSON, Jeremy, ROGERS, Colin and WEBB, Cliff. 1993. Poor Law Union Records 1. South-East England and East Anglia. Federation of Family History Societies.

GIBSON, Jeremy and ROGERS Colin. 1993. Poor Law Union Records 2. The Midlands and Northern England. Federation of Family History Societies.

GIBSON, Jeremy and ROGERS Colin. 1993. Poor Law Union Records 3. South-West England, The Marches and Wales. Federation of Family History Societies.

GIBSON, Jeremy, and YOUNGS, Frederic A. 1997 (2nd edition). Poor Law Union Records 4. Gazetteer of England and Wales. Federation of Family History Societies.

GODDARD, Julie. 2002. In Real Need, or a Malingerer? Family Tree Magazine Vol 18 #4, page 53-4.

GOUGH, Richard. 1981 (but written 1706). The History of Myddle. Macdonald Futura Publishers.

GUTHRIG, Sylvia. Abt 2000. One Hundred and One Runaways. [Also containing a Dictionary of Fabrics]. Available from Mrs. S. Guthrig, 11 Trelawney Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 4LH. Reviewed in Devon Family Historian #94 page 24.

HALL, Catherine. 1999. Ragged London in 1861. Metropolitan (London and North Middlesex FHS) Vol 21 #3, page 252-3.

HERBER, Mark. 1999. Ancestral Trails. Sutton Publishing and Genealogical Publishing Company.

HESKINS, Janet. 2000. Land Tax Records are a Worthwhile Source for Family Historians. Journal of One-Name Studies Vol 7 #1, page 8-9.

HEY, David. 1996. The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History. Oxford University Press.

HILTON, John. 2000. 17th Century Village Life The Archdeacon’s Visitation. Family Tree Magazine Vol 16 #4, page 4-5.

HOLDSWORTH, W. A. 1859 (edited by HURLEY, Beryl ). 1995. The Handy Book of Parish Law. Wiltshire Family History Society.

HOLLAND, John. 2001. Surrey Poor Law Index and Calendar. CD-ROM. West Surrey Family History Society.

HOLLINGSHEAD, John. 1986 (original 1861). Ragged London in 1861. Dent.

HOLMES, Sue. 2001. 1854 Snippets. Woolwich and District Family History Society #83 page 22.

HORN, Pamela. 1993. The Traffic in Children and the Textile Mills 1780-1816. Genealogists Magazine Vol 24 page 177-185.

HOWITT, William. 1840. The Country Schoolmaster in Portraits of the English - Vol I Parish Characters. Edited and published by Audrey Collins 1999.

HUMPHREY, Stephen. 2001. Notes from Southwark. East Surrey Family History Society Journal Vol 24 #3, page 13.

HUNT, Thornton Leigh. 1840. The English Pauper in Portraits of the English - Vol I Parish Characters. Edited and published by Audrey Collins 1999.

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JERROLD, Douglas. 1840. The Pew Opener in Portraits of the English - Vol I Parish Characters. Edited and published by Audrey Collins 1999.

KEITH-LUCAS, Bryan. 1986. Parish Affairs: The Government of Kent under George III. Kent County Library.

LITTON, Pauline. 2001-1. People on the Move Part 2: In the Records. Family Tree Magazine Vol 17 #9, page 6.

LITTON, Pauline. 2001-2. People on the Move Part 4: Children. Family Tree Magazine Vol 17 #11, page 10.

LOWE, M.I. 1998. I Worked in a Workhouse. Practical Family History #6, page 19.

MAY, Sue. 2002. Ambrose Ridout - a Reluctant Australian Pioneer. The Greenwood Tree (Somerset and Dorset Family History Society) Vol 27 #1, page 12-13.

MAY, Trevor. 1997. The Victorian Workhouse. Shire Publications.

MAYHEW, Henry. 1967 (original 1851). London Labour and the London Poor. Cass.

McLAUGHLIN, Eve. 1986. Illegitimacy, Federation of Family History Societies.

McLAUGHLIN, Eve. 1994. The Poor are Always with Us. Varneys Press.

MONTGOMERY, Roy. 2002. Basingstoke Union Minute Books 1848-1852. Assisted Emigration. Hampshire Family Historian Vol 29 #1, page 35-37.

MOON, A. A. 1984. Sherborne Parish Register and its Clerks. Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries Vol XXXI part 319 page 362-365.

MORRISON, Arthur. 1969 (original 1896). A Child of the Jago. MacGibbon and Kee. See long review by Ferdinando.

NEEDHAM, A. 1948. How to Study an Old Church. Batsford.

NEVILLE, Paddy. 1997. Indexers and their Indexes: Land Tax Assessments for Surrey 1780-1831/2. Family Tree Magazine Vol 13 #7, page 22.

NEVILLE, Paddy. 2000. An Index to Land Tax Assessments for Hampshire (1800-1832). Hampshire Family Historian Vol 27 #2, page 82.

O’SULLIVAN, Maureen. 2001. Digging in MH 12. East Surrey Family History Society Journal Vol 24 #2, page 30-31.

PACKHAM, David. 2001. Parish Children at Hellingly. Sussex Family Historian Vol 14 #7, page 266-268.

PAINTER, Bill. 2000. Upon the Parish Rate: The Story of Louth Workhouse and the Paupers of East Lindsey. Louth Naturalists’ Antiquarian and Literary Society.

PARIS, R.B. 1999. Kent Animal Pounds. Bygone Kent Vol 20 #11, page 662-666.

PERKINS, John. 1999 10th edition. Current Publications by Member Societies. Federation of Family History Societies.

PERKINS, John. 2002 5th edition. Current Publications on Microfiche by Member Societies. Federation of Family History Societies.

PRENDERGAST, Paul. 1840. The Parish Clerk in Portraits of the English - Vol I Parish Characters. Edited and published by Audrey Collins 1999.

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE. Records Information Leaflets. There are about 150 of these on various topics. Find at PRO, Kew, England free to pick them up there, or download from leaflets section on the Internet:

D 41 —Tithe Records: A Detailed Examination
D 71 —Poor Law Records 1834-1871
D 103 —Poor and the Poor Laws
D 104 —Lunatic Asylums 18th-20th Centuries
D 105 —Lunacy and the State

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RICHARDSON, John. 1985. The Local Historian’s Encyclopaedia. Historical Publications Ltd.

RICKARD, Gillian. 1993. Kent Settlement (Poor Law) Records: A Guide and Catalogue. Part 1: East Kent (Diocese of Canterbury). G. Rickard.

RICKARD, Gillian. 1994. Kent Settlement (Poor Law) Records: A Guide and Catalogue. Part 2: West Kent (Diocese of Rochester). G. Rickard.

RUTTER, Julia. 2001. Book Reviews of 2 books by Cameron et al on English emigrants to Canada in 1830s. Sussex Family Historian Vol 14 #5, page 164-166 Shaw’s Union Officers’ and Local Board of Health Manual. 1846-1921.

STEELE, Jess. Abt 2000. The Streets of London: the Booth Notebooks, South East. Deptford Forum Publishing. Reviewed in Bygone Kent Vol 22 #4, page 247-248, also in North West Kent Family History Vol 8 #10, page 451.

STEVENS, John. 1996. Faversham’s Reluctant Exiles. The Faversham Society.

SUSSEX RECORD SOCIETY. 2001? Mid-Sussex Poor Law Records 1601-1835. Sussex Record Society.

TATE, W.E. 1983 The Parish Chest. A Study of the Records of Parochial Administration in England. Phillimore.

TWINCH, Carol. Abt 2001. Tithe War 1918-1939, The Countryside in Revolt. Media Associates, Norwich. [reviewed in Bygone Kent Vol 23 #5, page 305-306].

VINCENT, David. 1991. Poor Citizens: The State and the Poor in Twentieth Century Britain.

WEBB, Cliff. 1991. A Guide to Surrey Genealogy and Records. West Surrey Family History Society.

WEBB, Cliff. 2001. Surrey Poor Law Records on CD-ROM. Root and Branch (West Surrey Family History Society) Vol 28 #2,m page 60-62.

WEBBE, Cornelius. 1840. The Beadle of the Parish in Portraits of the English - Vol I Parish Characters. Edited and published by Audrey Collins 1999.

WEIR, Christopher. 1981. Village and Town Bands. Shire Publications.

WILLIAMS, E.N. 1965. A Documentary History of England Vol 2. 1559-1931. Penguin Books.

WOOD, Tom. 1995-2. Workhouse Ancestors Part I. Family Tree Magazine Vol 11 #12, page 37-38.

WOOD, Tom. 1995-2. Workhouse Ancestors Part II. Family Tree Magazine Vol 12 #1, page 10-11.

WOOD, Tom. 1999. Deserving Causes in Genealogical Miscellany. Family Tree Magazine Vol 15 #9, page 13-14.

WOOD, Tom. 2002. Poor Law Gazette in Genealogical Miscellany. Family Tree Magazine Vol 18 #6, page 17-18.


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