Yesterday we launched another UK project for keying, Dorset, England, Vagrant Passes, 1739-1791. This project, as do most of the others, fascinates me as I learn a little more about history. I did a little research to find out more about vagrant passes and it was so interesting how the less fortunate were seen almost as criminals. Since we are also keying the London, England, Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, I wondered what the difference between a vagrant pass and a removal was. Here is what I found.
When a person was ordered to be removed the Parish that ordered the removal was responsible for the costs incurred while they travelled to their new destination, whereas when a person had a vagrant pass as they passed through a Parish they could ask for help from that Parish. It is interesting to compare the laws of the past to the laws of today.
And we have also released two UK projects live to the site. Yay! Both Kent, England, Tyler Index to Wills, 1460-1882 and Kent, England, Tyler Index to Parish Registers, 1538-1874 are available for searching. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these projects!
We appreciate the efforts of each contributor – without you we wouldn’t have 80+ databases with freely searchable indexes and dozens more completed that will soon be available. Give yourselves a pat on the back! For a complete list of the databases keyed through the World Archives Project that are live on Ancestry visit the online dashboard.