Milton Abbas was a small, rural parish in Dorset with one manor. in the 18th Century. All property was leasehold and held by the Lord of the Manor.
We are transcribing our Overseers of the Poor Book, 1771 - 1798. So far we have 14 000 records.
There are many questions which arise.
We do not have Vestry Minutes from this period.
We only have one manorial document - court roll 1754.
We need assistance in putting the records into the context of a small rural parish.
What did the Churchwardens and Overseers do?
How were they elected?
Who attended the monthly/annual Vestry Meetings?
Are there weather records for the second half of the 18th century which can tell us which were exceptionally cold winters or wet summers in Dorset?
How do we analyse the books to extract information? We can find the monthly and annual total expenditure,
We can find the dates when an individual first and last appears on poor relief, but what does that tell us?