Findmypast has put up a collection of 1.5 million records of admission and discharge from the Dublin workhouses. This collection spans 1840 – 1919 and covers both unions.

A workhouse was a place that an individual or family could go if they had no means to support themselves. The workhouse would supply them with minimal needs and often a menial job.

A typical record lists the names of family members, age, occupation, religion, illnesses or infirmities, their original parish and the general condition of their clothes and/or cleanliness.

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