Tracing Your Poor Ancestors written by Stuart A. Raymond and published by Pen and Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 196.
I’m going to say from the outset that this series of books that are published by Pen and Sword Books are an absolutely fantastic collection of information. If you into Genealogy in anyway these little books are like little bibles of information, they are that helpful. Now if you’ve had relatives in the past who have been classed as poor, it can often be very much harder to find information about a distant relative. For a start you’re thinking that if they aren’t on the electoral roll, or own a property or have no income they can often fall through cracks of life and sadly their lives are barely registered anywhere. But this book looks at charities and organisations where these people aren’t forgotten, and the book also looks at why and how the poor were treated not just by society but also the authorities.
This book is fantastic and provides a wealth of information about various connections to do with supportive charities and organisations such as Poor Houses/Work Houses, people who have gone through debt collectives, hospitals, bankruptcy, crime, homelessness the list is huge. But also on top of that it goes through some of the more usual areas of research such as parish records, various censuses and registers for birth, marriages and deaths. The author Stuart A. Raymond has done a fantastic book which is equally as good as all the others in the series. The amount of good quality internet links are brilliant. Having done genealogy myself and read the other books on Irish, Scottish and Asylums, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for any budding genealogists.