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Free access to 19th century Newspapers

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Jonesey Report 14 Oct 2010 17:42


Orders of Affiliation or Maintainence orders are basically were a male is ordered by the court to support his illegitimate child or his legitimate child if he and the mother no longer cohabit. In order to obtain such an order I believe that the mother had to apply to the court within 12 months of the birth of the child. A fact which may help to narrow down the time period to search. I believe that such matters were considered at the petty sessions of a court.

I have no personal experience of Lancashire but in my part of the world (The West Midlands) such records are usually held by the local archive/records office. Similarly records of the local workhouses are usually to be found there.

I would begin your search by trying to discover which archive/records office covers the area where the events are likely to have taken place. Once you have found that out give the office a ring. My own experience is that archivists have a lot of knowledge about what records are held in their care and if asked nicely are only too willing to assist you to find what you are looking for.

Good luck


wellybobs Report 14 Oct 2010 18:01

Thanks for the prompt reply Jonesey, it is much appreciated will do as you suggest and let you know how I go on.
Once again many thanks, take care.



Cheryl Report 14 Oct 2010 19:07

I found newspaper articles from Suffolk. I already knew about them as I have been to the records office, but the article I found on this site helped to solve a little query I have regarding the 'proper' family name. It was an article about the same offence he committed, but was in a different newspaper. It would seem that our relative used an alias. This Alias ended up being our family name today and not the original surname. So had he not then our surname would be different today.


LindaB Report 20 Oct 2010 11:03



Renes Report 21 Oct 2010 08:43


Posted your tip on 19th century Newaspapers on GR. - FB page in answer to a query - hope that is OK

I acknowledged your authorship


Jonesey Report 21 Oct 2010 08:49

No problem at all Irene. The resource is an excellent one.


Piers Report 22 Oct 2010 19:52

Thank you Jonesey, a very useful resource.


Jonesey Report 19 Nov 2010 09:46

Time for a nudge.


Catherine Report 22 Nov 2010 15:45

Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have found some really interesting information on my gg grandfather and gg uncle.


Gai Report 11 Dec 2010 22:56

Just nudging this thread.


Kerri Report 11 Dec 2010 23:22



wellybobs Report 19 Dec 2010 18:47

Hi. sorry for the late update, I did put an update on another thread regarding joseph Callon. which was to do with his father, but just to let you know, I went to A2A on line and found the filiation order for Joseph Callon To his father James Crank and he had a certain amount to pay each week to the administrators of the poor, I sent for a copy of the original document which was sent to me for the cost of £5, well worth it.
So it is worth pursueing.
Many thanks for your help and advice.
regards. M.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 27 Jan 2011 12:51



Jonesey Report 30 Jan 2011 17:36

Nudge up for Stephen.



MaureeninNY Report 2 Feb 2011 12:54



Kiwibird Report 4 Feb 2011 08:43

I live in New Zealand and have found it wonderful to be able to access these free Newspapers
and have had a good laugh and cried a bit as I found newspaper accounts of 2 of my husbands Scandalous 4x great aunts. Who lived in London. And read the sad accounts of the finding of my great great grandfather who fell down the stairs of his home in Lancashire and was not discovered for 14 days.
I am so glad Jonesey that you put this thread up.


Annabel Report 5 Feb 2011 00:29

I live in Australia and it will not accept my post code, Help


Thank you some one sent me a message told me how to do it.



Janet Report 5 Feb 2011 05:48

This site is lethal! I logged in to it two hours ago!! and had to drag myself away at 1p.m. Make sure you have a lot of time to browse , it is so comprehensive and interesting, I may not leave the house tomorrow!


Kiwibird Report 6 Feb 2011 08:05



Kiwibird Report 6 Feb 2011 21:07