Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ancestors assigned to a Workhouse?

Perhaps your ancestors in England were poor like mine. Did your ancestors live in a workhouse? What struck me a few years back was the notion that the "nurses" required at each workhouse were usually nothing more than one of the healthier inmates standing in for that position. Where did Ol' Myrt here pick up that tidbit? From the National Archives [UK] Podcast Series that can be heard to right on your computer (turn up those speakers!) You don't need an iPod to listen and learn.

These sites may also help you find some additional background info about workhouses in England:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know the reason why this happened, but I found that one of my ancestors who was a widow had her 2 children working in other homes in a different county. The children were 10 and 15 years old. The 1880 census stated the children were "help". These families were not related to them. I have spoken to some people who said this was a common practice back then. Do you know why this might have happened back then? I am sure one reasson was probably because times were hard.