England, Cheshire Workhouse Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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England, Cheshire, Workhouse Records, 1848-1967
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Cheshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Workhouse
Collection years 1848-1967
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Cheshire Archives and Local Studies


What is in This Collection?

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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth Registers contain:

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

Death Registers contain:

  • Name
  • Date at death
  • Age

Admission Registers contain:

  • Name
  • Date of admission

Creed Registers contain:

  • Name
  • Date of birth

If possible, locate the original workhouse document, which will give you more information than the indexed record. Use the resources to the right for further information.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • If this is a birth record, search for church or civil registration to determine the names of parents
  • If this is a death or burial record, use the age to estimate a birth year and search for church or civil registration for birth and christening
  • Admission records only gives the date of admission but provides a residence location. Search in census records for the area
  • Some birth records indicate the names of the parents. Use this information to trace the family in census records
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return broader list results
  • Search the records of nearby locations
  • Consult the England Record Finder to find other records

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"England, Cheshire, Workhouse Records, 1848-1967." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Record Office, Chester.

Record Citation:
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