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England, Cheshire, Workhouse Records, 1848-1967
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Cheshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Workhouse
Collection years 1848-1967
FamilySearch Resources
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Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection contains an index to various records associated with workhouses from the county of Cheshire for the years 1848-1967. The original records are held at the Cheshire Archives.

The workhouses started out housing the various types of poor separately. The records generated by the workhouses were kept according to the 1834 poor law act to help local authorities keep track of the poor and account for monies spent for their living expenses. In the later nineteenth century, the infirmaries attached to the workhouses were opened to the public, and therefore generated birth and death records for the wider community. The records for the Cheshire workhouses are from 1837 to the closure of each Poor Law Union; the Cheshire Poor Law Unions page contains information specific to each Union.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth Registers

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name

Death Registers

  • Name
  • Date at death
  • Age

Admission Registers

  • Name
  • Date of admission

Creed Registers

  • Name
  • Date of birth

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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