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East Sussex Bastardy Papers 1594-1845

East Sussex Bastardy Papers 1594-1845

East Sussex Bastardy Papers 1594-1845


Supplied by the Sussex Family History Group

Encountering an illegitimate ancestor in genealogical research can often mean the end of a search on a particular line of enquiry, but this does not necessarily apply in all cases.

This hurdle can be overcome often in a parish collection, or in the records of Quarter Sessions or, depending on the time frame, in an account in a local newspaper.

Similarly, many local history studies ignore the interesting records of bastardy that can reveal many personal details about the less salubrious lives of local residents.

This work is an edited chronological listing under the various parishes which constitute the modern, post 1974, East Sussex, of all traceable papers pertaining to illegitimate children that can be found among 43 parish collections in East Sussex Record Office and some other miscellaneous collections but does not include cases that came before justices sitting in Quarter Sessions; these can be found in M J Burchall, The Sussex Poor 1661-1800 (Parish Register Transcription Society, CD, 2008).

Bastardy cases in the other parishes that before 1974 fell within East Sussex can be found in N Pilbeam and I Nelson, Mid Sussex Poor Law Records 1601-1835 (Sussex Record Society, vol.83 [1999]), whilst those for West Sussex can be found listed in the online searchable database maintained by West Sussex Record Office.

Transcribed by Michael J. Burchall, BA(Hons), FSG, from the original records in the East Sussex Record Office.

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