13:15 - 14:00

Family historians often think of workhouse records chiefly in terms of the admission or discharge of an ancestor. However the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 created a bureaucratic system for the management of local poor law unions. Not all records have survived, but those which do frequently name individuals with a connection to the workhouse, including suppliers of goods and services, absconding parents, unofficial adoptions of children, workhouse employees and “the great and the good” who oversaw day to day management. This lecture explains some of the records you might find in local archives.


Sylvia Valentine

Sylvia started researching family history in the 1970s, since retiring has pursued her interest in family history. She graduated in 2016 with an MLitt in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She run a small research company Recover Your Roots. Sylvia has recently started to tutor online vocational family history courses on behalf of the Centre for Archives and Information Studies  (CAIS) University of Dundee. Sylvia tweets as @historylady2013 and is a regular contributor to #Ancestryhour