Findmypast adds Claire and Waterford Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books

For County Claire, the additions are over 21,000 transcript and image records from Kilrush Union covering 1848 and 1870. There are now over 400,000 records for Claire Poor Law.

For County Waterford, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan, it’s over 158,000 transcript and image records added from 1845-1921. The Waterford collection is over 420,000 records.

Some of the reasons for mention in the minutes include:

A member of staff or a guardian
Received outdoor relief for work such as breaking stones
Paid or collected the poor rates
Assistance to take on a pauper apprentice
A request for assistance with emigration
Marriage announcements of inmates
Orphaned or deserted child
An inmate of the workhouse with special circumstances


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