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For Grenada, the borough records for Great Yarmouth include lists of paupers examined at their place of settlement between 1756 and 1855. These include names, where people belonged and whether or not they were removed. For instance, when Ann Miller was examined in November 1797, her settlement was found to be in the parish of St James, Bury St Edmunds and she was removed. Grenada map orders give the date of the order, sometimes occupations and ages, marital status for a woman, children’s names and sometimes ages, and where they were being removed to. Sometimes other details may be added regarding proof of settlement or the costs of removal. If the order was overturned it would be cancelled, while disputed cases could be referred to the local Quarter or Petty Sessions courts. Bastardy papers refer to the collection of records relating to maintenance for illegitimate children.

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If a woman had a child she could not support, the parish officials examined her to find out who the father was. When Ann Bennett had two illegitimate children in North Elmham in the early 1800s, first by Thomas Whiter, and then William Whiter, both men were ordered to pay towards her ‘lying in’ and maintenance for their children. The records are kept in local record offices, mainly among the individual parish chest records. Some can be found in borough and city collections, and occasionally, among private deposits. Large numbers have been indexed and/or transcribed. While a few indexes can be found online it is important to check what is available at local record offices. Cambridgeshire Archives include indexes to all their poor law records in the different record offices on their CALM online database as well as various indexes in their searchrooms.

Again, Cambridgeshire Family History Society has another of their excellent online databases for these records. This is for settlement papers, pauper apprenticeships and bastardy agreements from 1604 to 1860. This can also be accessed at the record office as well as from them Essex Record Office has microfiche indexes produced by the family history society to examinations, removal orders, settlement certificates, apprenticeship and bastardy papers from the 1600s to the mid-1800s. While there is no comprehensive index online, their catalogue is still worth checking as it lists what records survive for each parish. Norfolk Record Office has a variety of indexes and transcripts on card and printed indexes, and on their online catalogue (NROCAT). Although these are mostly to removal orders, settlement certificates and examinations, other parish poor law records are gradually being added to their online catalogue. However, there is no complete index to the contents of any of their other parish records.

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