Ancestry’s new Welsh Poor Law and Gaol Records contain three million personal details, that could tell you if a relative was ever given relief under the Poor Law or sent to prison.
Many people received aid via Poor Law Unions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – including the elderly, orphaned, abandoned, unemployed and sick. Your relative’s details could be listed along with thousands of others who were given money, food, clothing and even jobs during the period.
If one of your Welsh ancestors was suspected of committing a crime, they are likely to be found in the lists of prisoners from the County Gaols and Houses of Correction in the area. Delve into the archive to find their names, aliases, offences and sentencing.