the Poorhouse Story  
We are remodeling: a long-overdue revised, updated, modernized and much more easily navigated version of The Poorhouse Story is currently under construction. While we work on the new version ... this older  version  will remain functional but look pretty bad! (But that's what remodeling always does, right?) Below is a sneak preview of what the website will look like.

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Poorhouse records by state
the Poorhouse Story
Archived 2000- 2004
The Poorhouse Lady

STORY behind the site
Letter to Genealogists
BOOKS by the Poorhouse Lady


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the Poorhouse Story

There really was such a thing as a Poorhouse! It was not just something your parents made up, like a boogeyman, to frighten you into saving your money and spending carefully and to discourage you from making excessive, greedy demands on the family budget. County Poorhouses dotted the United States throughout most of the 1800s.

 Site Purpose
To provide a clearinghouse for information about 19th century American Poorhouses for ... history buffs, genealogists, teachers/students, and others with a similar interest.

Site Goals
the Poorhouse Story to make records of all 19th century American Poorhouses accessible for genealogical or historical research
the Poorhouse Story to remove the secrecy which shrouds the poorhouse
the Poorhouse Story to make the history of the poorhouse more well known
the Poorhouse Story to dispel the negative image attached to poorhouse residence

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[This] will remind me of the ancestors' requirement of me:
"Tell them that you know of us," they say. I give them my word."

Renee Kemp, "Appointment in Ghana"
in Modern Maturity Magazine, July-August 2000

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