Education, employment and institution records

This guide was last updated in 2009

Your ancestor may appear in all kinds of other records of pubic and private organisations.

If they attended a special school, the current institution or local archives may hold records that mention your ancestor by name, and provide further information about their condition, progress, how they paid their fees, their behaviour, the aims of the school and much more.

Records for workhouses, hospitals and asylums may also survive in local archives, and if your ancestor was in such an institution, you may find records both specific to them, and information about what kind of treatment the inmates received. Visit to find out more about conditions. You might find records of employment for a particular company, compensation awards if someone was disabled through work, or records of army pensions.

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