The Poorhouse Story NEWSLETTER 2/6/2001 (Eighth issue)
Greetings! (Because this newsletter is already a week late
<red face> we didn't take time for fancy graphics, but ...
Happy Valentine's Day! anyway.)
Just as Topsy suspected of herself ... The POORHOUSE STORY sometimes seems to have ... "just growed!" And the website was beginning to look that way. When folks submit items to post which are already there ... it seems like a good time to work on improving the organization of the site! So we have been doing that.
First -- We eliminated a step (or a mouse click) in how readers can get to a particular state. Remember how you used to click on POORHOUSES BY STATE and be taken to a page where you had to choose between New York and Other States? Well, you don't have to do that any more; clicking on the link on the homepage will now take you directly to the table of states. That's the good news; it's also the bad news.
Second -- We did a major revision of the top portion of the RECORDS page. (Not the rest of the page; that still looks like an awful mess! That's next on the agenda. Sigh.) The top portion of the page is a section called RESEARCH TIPS. There you can now find.... All you need to know but were afraid to ask ... about how to find poorhouse records ON YOUR OWN! (You are probably getting tired of hearing about this...but Please, Please, Please go there to get a pleasant surprise. We have made the suggestions much more clear and have included graphic examples. If you click on every link there, you will find information about census reports, annual town reports, county histories, inmate certificates of registration, already published inventories of records which may include poorhouse records, and much more!) We would love to see the time come when The POORHOUSE STORY website is almost unnecessary ... because everybody knows about poorhouse records and can find them anywhere!)
Third -- In that same spirit of
helping you help yourself, we updated our list of links to the
various STATE ARCHIVES.
Fourth -- We are placing a page
of instructions everywhere there is a link to send e-mail
us. [You can click on the link now to see what we mean. It will launch a
separate browser window which you can simply click out of to return
Finally -- The form has temporarily been removed from the VOLUNTEER page (linked off the homepage) because we are having to totally revise the management of the services of volunteers.
Next month our newsletter will contain a full "State of the
Website" report! It will probably surprise you! So...
Now...on to ...
(Remember, you can simply scroll down farther to see the additions which have been made to the website recently.)
In the last newsletter we started the New Year off by
defining the problem statement (which it is our mission to
GOALS & OBJECTIVES of The POORHOUSE STORY
Because the statement of goals needs to get much more
specific, we are presenting this on a separate
page. (< Just click
STATISTICS and NEW ITEMS ADDED to The PHS
|Total Visits to
as of 01/05/2001 -- nearly 31,500
|as of 2/10/2001 -- 38,000+|
|Our next newsletter will contain a newer and
more accurate detailed way of looking at the statistics regarding
the volume of usage of The POORHOUSE STORY website.
Subscribers to Monthly Newsletter
as of 01/05/2001 -- 405
|as of 2/09/2001 -- 446 (We purged the mailing list by
the addresses of people to whom our
server is having difficulty delivering.)
(based on readers submissions)
good pastor of the Presbyterian church in DeSoto [ Jefferson County, Missouri] and his Woman's Christian
Temperance Union decided one November afternoon in 1896 to visit the poor
'inmates' at this institution!"
Submitted by: Charlotte Maness CManess@Lescom.org
[This refers to "A Crying Shame": an open letter which describes very deplorable conditions. ]
article: paints an extremely
detailed and very poignant picture of the contemporary conditions in the
Sheldon Poorhouse [Franklin County, Vermont].
of the Guilford Co. Warden Court, 1840: An Abstract
[This is an excellent example of the kinds of very detailed primary
documents which are rich in both genealogical and historical
(We didn’t create them; we just show them!)
Karen Mullian from the February 1999 Issue of the Quarterly
of The Genealogy
Club of Albuquerque
This is an excellent article about the various types of
indentured servitude (focusing on the practice in Pennsylvania) adopted
and utilized in America.
Indentured servitude had a long tradition in this country, dating all
the way back to the colonies and extending throughout most of the 19th
This one is a MUST READ!
There are excellent local newspaper articles which we have copied --
Well, we said in the last newsletter that we would be
emphasizing this section during January...and we DID!
For the first time ever, we posted a PETITION. (And for the first time ever, we sent a notice to this mailing list about something other than an announcement of the posting of this newsletter. Only one person unsubscribed as a consequence; and 62 of you signed the petition! It is still active, if that gives you an idea.) This represents an attempt to preserve the old poorhouse building in Macomb County, Michigan. You can read more about it on the page linked here at the left.
Jennifer Fleishmann is at it again! She and Dr. Michael
McBride are doing a presentation for the Wauwatosa Historical Society
|HONORED STATES||current||Still Kansas!|
|Notes from Readers/Local Notes|
|MO||Jefferson (See above under Featured Articles. We did not put this on the Featured Articles page; but we want readers to note its significance.)|
|1824 Yates Report||NY||Franklin/Oneida|
|1835 Indenture Bond for a 7 year old boy being "bound out" from the poorhouse .......||NY||Washington|
|We recently found this story
about poorhouse history in Frederick County:
How Revolutionary Soldiers Guarding "Conventioners" (or Prisoners of War) Came to be Housed in the Poorhouse at Frederick, Maryland
|Uhmmm...It's not a document; but it is a very
Here is a very unusual artifact of a poorhouse in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
|"Articles of Agreement"
scan of an historic letter between officials
dealing with issues involving support of
poorhouse residents when a new county is
|We published a scan of a "broadside"
(poster) of an 1840 report of the Poor-House Establishment of the
Township of Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey.
(Note: This page takes a while to load because it is a scanned page image.)
This is the largest project which the PHS Volunteers have undertaken yet! They did GREAT!
(Still some more counties to be posted later.)
To read about this program which was undertaken during the 1930s and 40s by the Works Progress Administration,
see these notes off the Ohio page.
|Then ... it grew!
Carolyn Feroben took up the effort and searched for such inventoried records in California .... by the way, not an easy state in which to find them. She is publishing them first on the CA-RECORDS e-mail list and then sharing them with PHS.
|NJ||Guilford (see Featured Projects above)|
|City of Newburgh: AVAILABLE ALMS-HOUSE MATERIALS -- list||NY||Orange|
|Cemetery Lists||(none added)|
|Poorhouse Resident lists from CENSUS
(new material or off-site links to the web)
|The Poorhouse in Literature
||[Who had time to read a book this month???!!!! PHL ]|
|STATE ARCHIVES Holdings||new||(none)
NOTE: We updated all the links to STATE ARCHIVES at ..... http://www.poorhousestory.com/ARCHIVES_State_list.htm
|Thanks for your continued
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)