Thursday, 29 April 2021

Scottish Indexes adds Poor Relief Records indexes

From Scottish Indexes ( 

Scottish Poor Relief Records

Delighted to announce a new addition to our website today - Scottish Poor Relief Records

When our ancestors fell on hard times they relied on family and friends to help them. When they couldn’t be cared for by those they knew they turned to the parish, or in later years the parochial board.

The records created are full of fascinating details and genealogy gems, telling us not just names, dates and places, but the stories of some of the most challenging days in the lives of our ancestors.

Today we have added selected records from Wigtownshire, Roxburghshire and Peeblesshire and as always these are free to search.

Search for your ancestors:

(With thanks to Emma Maxwell)

NB: Incidentally, thanks to Jack Davis via the Scottish Genealogy Network for advising that Glasgow City Archives, which re-opened on Tuesday, is currently permitting the use of mobile phones to photograph documents such as poor law records whilst the pandemic restrictions are in place.


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