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Not every person had a roof over their head, food to eat and clothing in good repair to wear.  Many people fell on hard times due to family illnesses and death, their own physical or mental illnesses, and the lack of a skill that would sustain them economically.  These people would seek shelter at a poorhouse, also called an Almshouse.  Today, I happened upon a website that is dedicating itself to providing historical and genealogical information on our country’s poor houses. 

While Poor House Story isn’t complete, it would be well worth keeping an eye on and if you have photos or information to contribute, I’m sure they would love to hear from you.  They are in the process of redesigning their website,  so be sure to bookmark and check back often.