The Irish Workhouse and Finding Your Poor Irish Ancestors – Natalie Bodle

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The Irish Workhouse was a hated and feared institution and following the partition of Ireland in 1921 the newly formed Free State closed them down although they remained in existence in Northern Ireland until the 1940’s. Following the introduction of the Poor Law in Ireland in 1838, workhouses were built throughout Ireland and then in 1845, the Great Famine struck.

We will look at the brutal regime in the workhouses and why going into them was a last resort. Eventually outdoor relief, building works and emigration schemes were introduced to reduce the burden on the overcrowded workhouses. Of course, the workhouses had to be staffed by masters, nurses, porters, cooks, etc and they were managed by Boards of Guardians.

The webinar will cover the range of records that were produced by the workhouses and they cover inmates and staff. We will also cover the Poverty Relief Loans that were in existence in the 19th century. They name both the lender and the guarantor and often provide additional information about the fate of the lender.

Natalie Bodle is a full-time professional genealogist, educator and tour guide and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). A native of County Antrim, her company Roots Revealed is based in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde having built upon many years of Irish family history research experience. She undertakes Irish ancestry research throughout Ireland, specialising in Northern Ireland and Ulster. Natalie also delivers regular talks and courses locally, nationally and internationally.

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