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Under the laws of settlement which were introduced by the Poor Law Act of 1601, people were only entitled to claim poor relief in their legal place of settlement, that is the parish where they had been legally living for at least one month. After the Settlement Act of 1662, people could obtain a settlement in any parish through marriage, apprenticeship, domestic service for over one year or by occupying property worth more than £10.00 per annun. Anyone not fulfilling these criteria was liable to be romoved to thier original parish. After 1697, poorer people had to carry a settlement certificate with them to show that their parish of legal settlement would take them back if necessary. If they requested poor relief, the parish would examine them to see where their legal right of settlement lay. The resulting settlement examination books are a rich source for researchers.

The examination records may include details of a persons birthplace and working career as well as names and ages of dependent children. The entries may also include details of the persons recent whereabouts and other incidental detail of the persons life story.

These CDs contain information about everyday people not often documented elsewhere.


Settlement Examinations Index 1732-1775 This is the complete index containing about 60,000 names. Please note that the CDs listed below have no index.
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Settlement Examinations Books 1-6 Covers 1705 to 1712
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Settlement Examinations Books 7-12 Covers 1712 to 1718
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Settlement Examinations Books 13-17 Covers 1718-1724
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Settlement Examinations Books 18-21 Covers 1724 to 1728
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Settlement Examinations Books 22-25 Covers 1728-1733
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Settlement Examinations Books 26-29 Covers 1733 to 1737
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Settlement Examinations Books 30-33 Covers 1737-1741
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Settlement Examinations Books 34-35 Covers 1741-1743
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Settlement Examinations Books 36-38 Covers 1743-1747
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Settlement Examinations Books 39-40 Covers 1747-1750
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Settlement Examinations Books 41-49 Covers 1750-1758
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Settlement Examinations Books 50-57 Covers 1758-1769
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Settlement Examinations Books 58-62 Covers 1769-1775
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Settlement Examinations Books 63-66 Covers 1775-1780
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Settlement Examinations Books 67-69 Covers 1780-1784
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Settlement Examinations Books 70-72 Covers 1784-1788
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Settlement Examinations Books 73-74 Covers 1788-1795
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Examination Books St Martin in the Fields Set 1 The complete 17 CD set
Books 1 to 74, covering the period 1706 to 1795. A hige collection of books, 74 books each book has approximately 700 pages.
Ref 1275-S1 Price £120.00
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