Friday, 26 June 2015

FindMyPast releases Sligo Union Workhouse registers
FindMyPast Ireland has released a collection of admission and discharge registers for Sligo Union Workhouse.

Indexed and with images, the registers cover two time frames: the five months from 27 November 1848 to 17 April 1849, and from 28 March 1854 to 3 August 1859.

Although the earlier registers cover only a five-month period, they are significant because this is the Famine period; due to the paucity of other records from this time in Sligo, the admission record may hold the only documentary evidence of some people's lives.

There seem to be just over 9,000 records in the collection. They include a person’s name, age, whether single, married, widowed, deserted, bastard or orphan, condition upon entering the workhouse (typically 'wholly destitute), and the dates when they were discharged or died.

These records will be greatly welcomed by researchers with Sligo ancestors.