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West Sussex Poor Law database

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VALLMO9
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Joined: 13 Jun 2020, 21:28

West Sussex Poor Law database

Post by VALLMO9 »

Just found this wonderful database by accident: https://www.sussexrecordsociety.org/dbs/pl/

Surnames menu on the left-hand side of screen. When you locate a surname of interest, click on the Reference number link. It brings up a screen with additional and most welcome details. NOTE: Finding a Settlement Certificate record with family member names and ages is almost like having an early census record. :D

Example 1:

Poor Law Record
Reference Number: Par/54/32/1/33
Parish: Coldwaltham
Order type: Settlement certificate
Date: 17 Feb 1793
Type Name Marital Status Age Occupation Comment Foreign Parish Foreign Parish 2
Subject Richard TANNER married Fittleworth
Child Charlotte TANNER 10y
Child Richard TANNER infant
Child Susan TANNER 11y
Child William TANNER 5y

Example 2:

Poor Law Record
Reference Number: Par/116/29/1/6
Parish: Kirdford
Order type: Vagrant's pass and examination
Date: 27 Jun 1820
Type Name Marital Status Age Occupation Comment Foreign Parish Foreign Parish 2
Subject Shadrack KEEN als CONNOR illegitimate child Lewes, St. Michael
Other Elizabeth KEEN mother

Example 3:

Poor Law Record
Reference Number: Par/54/34/2/1/6
Parish: Coldwaltham
Order type: Bastardy order
Date: 11 Jun 1814
Type Name Marital Status Age Occupation Comment Foreign Parish Foreign Parish 2
Subject Rhoda RIDDELL child born in Coldwaltham poor house
Other - RIDDELL
Other Thomas WHEATLEY putative father

jonwarrn
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Joined: 03 Jul 2020, 19:49

Re: West Sussex Poor Law database

Post by jonwarrn »

You can also find many of the original documents on FamilySearch, i.e.
Richard Tanner, Coldwaltham, 1793
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... T-62TW-KFH

Rhoda Riddell/Thomas Wheatley, Coldwaltham, 1814
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... T-62TW-NXY

Those poor law records for West Sussex should also be in the WSRO catalogue
http://185.121.204.173/searchonline/

jonwarrn
Posts: 136
Joined: 03 Jul 2020, 19:49

Re: West Sussex Poor Law database

Post by jonwarrn »

Parish chest records for Kirdford
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/600346

Shadrack Keen alias Connor, 1820
Three images
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... Y-DTZS-4CF

As of now can still be downloaded via the image viewer (this startling piece of info may be removed at some point!)
https://www.familysearch.org/records/im ... eView=true

VALLMO9
Posts: 335
Joined: 13 Jun 2020, 21:28

Re: West Sussex Poor Law database

Post by VALLMO9 »

Hi Jon - good to know these records are also on FS. It's a shame I don't have any West Sussex ancestors. :roll: I could really use online resources like these for my 18th-century Isleworth lot.

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