Sylvia Valentine is a UK based researcher and has been researching her own family history for almost 40 years. She is a graduate of the University of Dundee, with a Master of Letters degree in Family and Local History. She is now a doctoral student researching opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccination in Scotland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She owns her own research company, Recover Your Roots. Her specialist area of interest concerns the records created by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. Sylvia delivers online family history courses and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Dundee. She is a member and Director of the Register of Qualified Genealogists, (RQG) Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, (ASGRA) The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is an Associate member of the Association and Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).
Children could enter the Workhouse and the care of the Guardians for many reasons. Poverty and bereavement being two of the obvious reasons. Government legislation also gave the Guardians responsibility for adopting children who were neglected. As time progressed it became obvious that the workhouse was not necessarily the right place for young children and […]