Stories from the Talk message board
This month we have two incredible findings from transcribers to share.
A discovery Down Under
While transcribing, our volunteer Julie found an entry for a Foundling: Sophia Foster, and it took her on a path of discovery. By piecing together information Julie discovered that Sophia had emigrated to Australia in the 1850s.
Through careful digging, Julie was able to trace the story of Sophia from birth in England all the way to death in Sydney, Australia.
Read all about it here
Stories from the Foundling infirmary
We started the transcribing project with a pilot phase, where we transcribed the registers from the Foundling Hospital’s infirmary.
While transcribing, our volunteer Joyce Elena tracked the records of children who were ill in the infirmary. She began to discover stories about these children and the experience of illnesses at this time.
Read the first in this series of stories here
Tracing individual Foundlings
Over the course of the project, and as we transcribe more and more of the records, our hope is that we’ll be able to piece together the stories of individual Foundlings. We might find a name in a General Register, then see them again in a Nursery Book, then later an Apprenticeship Register. By connecting these with other records from the time, such as birth, marriage, death and Census records we can paint a picture of the life of that Foundling.
If you see a child that catches your eye in these records, you can make a note of their name for everyone to look out for on Talk.
Write their name in our special message board here
As we release different types of records over the next few years on this site, it will be wonderful to be able to piece together the journeys of different individuals at the Hospital.