Workhouse Links and Resources
Note that links relating to specific poor law unions and workhouses may be found on individual union/workhouse pages.
Workhouse Related Links
- Workhouse Museums — places to visit.
- Lost Hospitals of London - includes many former workhouses and MAB hospitals.
- The Victorian Web — social history section.
- The Peel Web — section on the Poor Law.
- The Poorhouse Story — workhouses in the USA.
- UK Archives web pages on 1834 Poor Law Act (for schools)
- Index to "Paupers in Workhouses 1861" (10% sample) by GENUKI
- Guide to London Poor Law Records
- Guide to Westminster Poor Law Records
- Somerset Poor Law Records
- www.old-maps.co.uk - Old Maps website
- British History Online
- Vision of Britain
- www.mappalondon.com - detailed maps of London 862-71
- www.mapco.net - detailed historic maps of London and Britain
- London Ancestor — Extracts from London newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps etc.
- maps.nls.uk - historical Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland
- www.osi.ie - historical Ordnance Survey maps of the Republic of Ireland
- maps.osni.gov.uk - historical maps of Northern Ireland
Other General Resources
- British Library Newspaper collections (subscription required)
- Historical Directories - Local/trade directories 1750-1919
- Connected Histories - searches across multiple online sources for British history, 1500-1900.
- Pastscape - English Heritage's 'national historic environment database'. Just search for 'workhouse'.
- Images of England - details/photos of listed buildings in England
- British Parliamentary Papers (subscription required)
- British History - digital library of printed sources for British history, e.g. volumes of Victoria County History.
- Visions of Britain - Includes maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
- London Ancestor — Pre-1880 extracts from London newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps etc.
- Web Archive - digitised books including local history, periodicals, official papers etc.
- Asylums index and other mental health history material by Andrew Roberts
- Cyndi's List — resource guide for family historians
- History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy — a useful collection of links from a U.S. perspective
- List of UK archives holding workhouse records
- The UK National Archives
- UK National Register of Archives
- National Archives' Discovery system
- ARCHON - UK Archive Locations
- AIM25: Archives Inside the M25
- Archives in UK Universities/Colleges
- London Metropolitan Archives
- Archives Network Wales
- Scottish Archives Network
- Scotland's People
- Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
- National Archives of Ireland
- UK Hospital Records database
Commercial Records Sites
- Ancestry (includes London workhouses records)
- FindMyPast (includes Cheshire, Manchester workhouses)
- Genes Reunited
- The Genealogist (strong on non-conformist records)
Free Online Records
- Free UK Genealogy: UK Census, BMD and parish records
- Family Search: worldwide BMD etc.
- UKBMD: BMD and census links
Data Transcriptions and CDs
- GENfair — the FFHS online store
- S&N Genealogy Supplies
- Ancestral indexes — particularly relating to NE England
Guides to Records
- Burlison Robert (2009) Tracing Your Pauper Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
- Cole, Anne (2000) Poor Law Documents Before 1834
- Fowler, Simon (2011) Tracing Your Ancestors
- Gibson, J. et al. Poor Law Union Records by Jeremy Gibson etc al.
- Hawkings, David (2011) Pauper Ancestors: A Guide to the Records Created by the Poor Laws in England and Wales
- Federation Family History Societies
- Scottish Association of Family History Societies
- GENUKI: UK and Ireland genealogy
- Society of Genealogists
- Rootsweb message boards and mailing lists
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