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Rotherham Poor Law... Help!

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Jade Report 30 Jun 2013 21:30


I've found three of my relatives, my g grandmother and her siblings, listed on the 1911 census as inmates being looked after by a foster mother (all three were listed on different census pages).

They were between the ages of 8 and 15, they had two younger siblings who were living at home with their parents, and another sister who was in hospital (will be posting another thread about this as this is yet more confusion!)

So... I want to know how I would find information about Rotherham Poor Law. Is there any records online or do I need to take a trip to Rotherham?

Also, is it unusual that three of my g g grandparents children were under the poor law but not their parents or other siblings?

Thank you! Jade :-)


KathleenBell Report 30 Jun 2013 21:45

Some information here:-

Kath. x


patchem Report 30 Jun 2013 21:46

Try some google searches to get you started, e.g.:


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 30 Jun 2013 23:55

If a family couldn't afford to look after all of their children, and had no extended family who was able to take them in, they possibly thought that the older children would be able to cope with being seperated from them better than the younger ones.


Cynthia Report 1 Jul 2013 13:23

As Jade is a new poster, I have sent her a friendly message on how to find her thread(s). :-)


Jade Report 1 Jul 2013 16:09

Thank you, had a good nosy on the workhouses website!

And thanks Cynthia, hopefully you have my reply!

And +++DetEcTive+++, going to have a trip to records library in Rotherham with the other half (not that he knows this yet) and see what else I can find, I'm wondering if their father was ill as he died a couple of years after census.