Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy records in England and Wales

Helen V. Smith
Apr 9, 2021
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Bastardy Records
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English Poor Law
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There is a long history of concern of support of children conceived outside marriage as these children were more likely to need financial assistance. There were many laws enacted from the 1500s about who was able to claim assistance, how this was provided and the records that needed to be kept.

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About the speaker

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a
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    Lesley Anderson
    2 years ago

    That was very good! Unfortunately the County Records offices in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire have very little illegitimacy records for the late 1700’s but I will have to investigate “Church court records” mentioned in the Q/A.


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