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.
- The Victorian Web — social history section.
- The Peel Web — section on the Poor Law.
- The Poorhouse Story — workhouses in the USA.
- Lost Hospitals of London - includes many former workhouses and MAB hospitals.
- maps.nls.uk/geo/find/ - old Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain
- map.geohive.ie/ - historical Ordnance Survey maps of the Republic of Ireland
- www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/search-archives-online/proni-historical-maps-viewer - historical maps of Northern Ireland
- British History Online
- Vision of Britain
- www.romanticlondon.org/horwoods-plan/ - detailed maps of London 1792/1819
- www.mappalondon.com - detailed maps of London 1862-71
- London Ancestor — Extracts from London newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps etc.
Other General Resources
- British Newspaper Archive (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.
- Connected Histories - Search multiple online historical sources (1500–1900)
- Web Archive - 100s of 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
- London Ancestor — Pre-1880 extracts from London newspapers, directories, manuscripts, maps etc.
- London Lives (1690–1800) 240,000 searchable manuscripts including poor relief records from several City of London parishes.
- The Children's Homes website
- List of UK archives holding workhouse records
- The UK National Archives
- UK National Register of Archives
- National Archives' Discovery archives database
- 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) oor Law Records for Family Historians
- 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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