08 January 2020
FamilySearch has announced the release of thousands of new records relating to England and Ireland, including poverty relief funds records for 19th-century Ireland.
The new, free historical records are available to search and explore at the Family Search website.
Researchers with English and Irish ancestry may be lucky enough to find ancestors featured in the following new releases:
Oxfordshire parish registers, 1538-1904
Church of England parish registers containing christening, marriage, and burial entries that took place in the county of Oxfordshire from 1539 to 1904. Records may include: name, parents, spouse, father's occupation, residence, date of birth, date of marriage, burial date and place and much more depending on the record type. The original records are held at various record custodians. Explore here.
Yorkshire Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1633-1887
Church of England marriage bonds and allegations from the Diocese of York and Diocese of Ripon both in Yorkshire from 1613 to 1887. The original records are held at the Borthwick Institute. Explore here.
Ireland Poverty Relief Funds, 1810-87
Digital images of originals housed at the National Archives. Index includes the borrower's name and the guarantors or witnesses for the loan. The Irish Reproductive Loan Fund was a micro credit scheme set up in 1824 to provide small loans to the 'industrious poor'.
Local associations and committees administered the scheme, most often from a small town in a rural area, and county committees oversaw their work. The records of the local associations and county committees are in the The National Archives record series (PRO) T91.
As well as the notes of security for the loans, there are loan ledgers, repayment books and defaulters' books. The minimum information supplied is address and occupation, but much additional detail is often given in the local association records, including notes on health, family circumstances and emigration. The local records generally run from the late 1830s to the mid-1840s.
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