05/07/2014 10:30 - 13:00
This talk will cover the law on illegitimacy and the response by the poor law. From at least 1576 the laws of affilation acted like the modern-day child support agency, recovering the costs of childbirth and maintenance from putative fathers, but this process became significantly more difficult with the passing of the New Poor Law in 1834. The talk will introduce participants to a range of sources and will explore the differing experiences of unmarried parenthood for men and women.
Poverty and the poor law, 1601-1850': Do you have a poor ancestor? This talk will explore the vast range of sources on paupers under the Old Poor Law (1601-1834) and the New Poor Law (from 1834),as well trends in policy and poor relief 1601-1850.
A half-day course with Dr Samantha Williams
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