NEWSLETTER 7/19/2000  (Second issue)

Here is your second issue of what has evolved into a MONTHLY NEWSLETTER for you folks who are interested in the progress of The POORHOUSE STORY.  We decided that most of us are having trouble controlling the massive amounts of e-mail we receive … so, unless something earth-shaking happens, you should receive updates only via this e-mail which will be sent out about the 20th of each month. (As usual, you can skip all this boring site history stuff and just scroll down to the dotted line below to cut to the chase!) 

Well…WOW! The story this month has been one of big growth. This is not just to blow our own horn about the number of  site visits (“hits”) we are getting  … although it is nice to know that people are interested in what we are doing <grin> … but to let you know that as more people discover the site MORE INFO is being sent to us to share with you! 

As a matter of fact, so much material has been submitted that I am way behind on getting things posted. (Note: One thing that would help … if  you send something to us  which you find on-line, please send the URL. We are trying to be very careful to respect copyrights and give people credit for work they have done.) But … keep those suggestions coming! We would much rather get behind than run out of material. 

VISITS TO WEBSITE: We told you that on 6/21 the site had been visited 1500 times. (That had been over the previous 6 weeks.) On 7/19 … 4 weeks later … visits went over 3700! … an increase of 2200 over 4 weeks!  In addition, the number of subscribers to this newsletter more than doubled during that time. 

We also received a wonderful honor by being chosen Site of the Month for July by the GENEALOGY FORUM  (AOLs network of genealogy sites & services) at   (This surprised us because it was unsolicited and we are not even currently subscribed to AOL! Thanks to all the AOL genealogy gang!) 

Here are some of the kind things they had to say about The POORHOUSE STORY:

Your site has been chosen because of its great benefit to those doing genealogical research. Poorhouses are a forgotten part of our history. Ancestors of several genealogical researchers were part of these poorhouses. The Poorhouse Story web site does a wonderful job in educating everyone in the history of poorhouses and researching our ancestors through poorhouse records. The call for volunteers to expand the accessibility of poorhouse records online helps in locating these resources that adds to the real life of our ancestors.” 

 And ...  

“The information and organization of the Poorhouse Story site shows your dedication and effort in providing easily accessible information to other genealogist. On behalf of the Genealogy, we would like to thank you for your time and effort in making the Internet a better place to do research.” 

Of course, we have to admit that we did give ourselves a pat on the back by submitting the site to CYNDI’S LIST where you can find us listed at  (Check it out; there are some other sites with poorhouse information especially from other countries … which we will try to present on our site soon.) 

Our HOMEPAGE has been modified a bit. We wanted to display the award from Genealogy Forum; change the option at the lower right of the page to read Monthly Newsletter (instead of E-mail List); and add … TA DA!!!!  

(LISTEN UP! This may turn out to be your favorite part of The Poorhouse Story.) 

We added a link to a page called FEATURED ARTICLES. (Even spruced it up with golden globes to catch your attention!) Here is what that is all about: 

Many of the items being submitted to us are so GREAT that we don’t want to merely post them on the state or county page. (If we did only that, YOU might MISS the items if they are not on a state in which you have a particular interest.)  will take you to a list of some of the most interesting material we have found. You may want to check that list periodically.  

Another new feature to be posted very soon (if it isn’t there already … even The Poorhouse Lady can’t keep up with new postings!) – At the bottom of the homepage you will see a link at  to ABOUT US. This will give you some more information about Linda & Maddie. We don’t tell you ALL our secrets. But this should answer some of the questions which have been asked by those of you who wonder … just Who the Heck is doing all this?! 

By the way – so much for having our readers proof-read our work. Nobody noticed (or they were too kind to mention it) that I called the poorhouse cemetery cleanup in Newburgh/Orange/NY the BAD News (instead of the GOOD News)! Sorry folks … a little dyslexia showing up there. <red face> 

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OK – here is what you really wanted when you signed up to receive updates: 


New Book REVIEW listed on THE POORHOUSE IN LITERATURE (which you may have not noticed previously – it’s off the HISTORY page) – at  (about the book: TALES FROM THE POORHOUSE by an Irish author – set in Ireland during the Great Famine in 1848) 

WISCONSIN: Brown County 1860 Census – list of poorhouse residents 

NEW YORK: posted the 1824 legislative reports (which resulted in the establishment of the county poorhouse system) for the following counties – Allegany, Broome, Cayuga & Herkimer 

TENNESSEE: posted several comments from readers regarding Knox County poorhouse, historical review of poorhouse history of Knox County,  lists of poorhouse residents from Monroe County Census (1850 & 1880) and White County Census 1850 …. AND… PHS Volunteer, Nancy Pfannenstiel … we call her SuperSurfer! … found the most wonderful collection of poorhouse records that we have ever so far seen on-line at the GenWeb site for SUMNER COUNTY at 

WEST VIRGINIA: posted reader comments regarding Kanawha County poorhouse at Institute,   AND …..  a notice about the following link … This one is a MUST READ! by Linda Fluharty
host of The Pleasants County WVGenWeb Page obtained permission from Goldenseal and the author to post the full text and pictures from the article cited above -- A Home for the Homeless: Remembering the Pleasants County Poor Farm. This is a truly wonderful example of the emotional power of recorded oral history, an interview with surviving personnel of the poorhouse. Linda put this online from the hard copy provided by Thelma Wells West. (Hooray to both of them! PHL

Thanks for your continued support of The POORHOUSE STORY.

And keep those leads to poorhouse information coming! 

Linda M. Crannell
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)