Drawing of poor children being served a halfpenny dinner

The Poor and the Parish

Discover what local parish records can tell us about provision for the poor and those who maintained them.

Learn how to use parish poor law records for family history, local history, and house history research, as well as where to find them locally, nationally, and online.

What happened to the poor before union workhouses came into force in 1834, and what changed afterwards.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact bo*****@be******.uk .

Photo: The Illustrated London News, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Tue 27 Feb


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19:30 - 21:30


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  • Gill Blanchard
    Gill Blanchard

    Gill Blanchard is a professional house historian, genealogist, writer, and tutor. She has an academic background in history, sociology and politics and has been a full time historical researcher since 1992. She set up her own research business called Past Search in 1997, qualified as an adult education tutor the following year, and is a full member of AGRA.

    Gill is the author of several research guides, biographies and local histories, including Tracing Your House History, Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and Writing Your Family History (Pen and Sword Books). She is a regular contributor to national family history magazines and other journals and has conducted much background research for authors, journalists and academic researchers, including the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? television series.