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PENNSYLVANIA POORHOUSE HISTORY by county


Postcard of York County Home & Annex, York, Pa.

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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RECORDS:

The PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES   List of Poorhouse Records on Microfilm
(Alphabetical by County: BERKS, BUCKS, CHESTER, CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN, JUNIATA, LANCASTER, MIFFLIN, MONTGOMERY, WASHINGTON, YORK)

 

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society 
has published some records relating to the poor.
Their web site is www.scpgs.org and copies are available for purchase. Publications are copyrighted. 

 
Publ. #27, 39 pages, Record Book of Overseers of the Poor, Borough of York, PA 1799-1804. Contents: Introduction; a record of income and expenditures of the overseers, 1799-1804, with surname index; an alphabetical listing of the assessed inhabitants of the borough of York, 1799-1804; abstracts of relevant laws of Pa, pertaining to the "relief of the poor".
   
Publ.#35, 182 pages, "Poor" Children Named On The Tax Lists, 1811-1844, York County, PA. "Poor" children named on these tax lists are, as provided for by law, the names of children between 5 and 12 years of age whose parents, guardians, etc., were unable to pay for their schooling (the expense, thus, to be paid for by the county). 
  
Publ.#60, 34 pages, York PA, Director Of The Poor Minutes, 1846-1883. Contents: Introduction; a list of directors of the poor 1804-1884; abstracts of York Co. Pa directors of the poor minutes 1846-1883, alphabetical by surname; examination of inmates for 1 December 1848. The minutes contain many indentures as well as notes relating to transfers and billings for inmates.
Submitted by:  Sharon L. Swope slsswope@suscom.net 
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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in YORK county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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