New online industrial school records reveal heartbreaking stories


13 October 2018
books-3544295_1920-20256.jpg Essex Ancestors has digitised admission registers from an industrial school
Heartbreaking family history stories have been uncovered by Essex Record Office as it digitises local industrial school records on its online subscription service, Essex Ancestors

Essex Record Office has published a new image set for its online subscribers researching their family histories.


Digital images of the admission registers of the Essex Industrial School and Home for Destitute Boys for 1872-1914 are now available on its online subscription service, Essex Ancestors.


The school opened in 1872 in two converted houses in Great Baddow, moving to a purpose-built building in Chelmsford in 1879 with space for 150 pupils.


The images added to Essex Ancestors include the admission registers for about 1,200 boys who were admitted to the school during this period and can include much extra detail, including, in some cases, what became of them once they left.


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The digitised records are available on Essex Ancestors by subscription, or they can be viewed for free at the Essex Record Office searchroom in Chelmsford and the ERO archives access point in Saffron Walden.


These useful genealogy records join the existing online images of Essex parish registers, wills and selected electoral registers. Find more background information about the records, including one of the heartbreaking stories they contain, here.


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