Beginning the search

This guide was last updated in 2012

The first place to start looking for any mention of your ancestor falling on hard times is to search in local or national newspapers or in the London Gazette. The Gazette can be searched online for free here.

Additionally, the website, www.findmypast.co.uk has a searchable online directory for bankrupts between December 1820 and April 1843. It lists all individuals whose bankruptcies were recorded in the London Gazette between those two dates. You can access local newspapers (for a charge) via the British Newspaper Archive.

National newspapers like The Times have their own online archive which is also searchable for a fee but you may be able to access it for free through your local library. Bankruptcy and insolvent debtor records would often be published.

 

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