"Patrick C. Keely's Gems of Lowell, MA "
St. Patrick's Church, Nov. 2, @ 2 pm.
MSOG Annual Meeting
"Celebrating the Civil War Sesquicentennial"
Nov. 2, @ 8:30 am,
616 Great Road
are starting Nov., 2nd.
Society 2014 Convention
October 4—5, 2014
New England Regional
Genealogical Consortium 2015,
April 15th-19th, Providence, RI.
City of Lowell, Massachusetts - Overseers of the Poor Collection
Section 1. Every city and town shall relieve and support all poor and
indigent persons lawfully settled therein, whenever they stand in need thereof.
Sect. 2. The overseers of the poor shall have the care and over sight of all such
poor and indigent persons so long as they remain at the charge of their respective
cities or towns, and shall see that they are suitably relieved, supported, and
employed, either in the workhouse or almshouse, or in such other manner as the city
or town directs, or otherwise at the discretion of said overseers.
They may remove to the almshouse such children as are suffering destitution from
extreme neglect of dissolute or intemperate parents or guardians, except as
Excerpt from the
Manual for the Use of the Overseers of the Poor of Massachusetts
Prepared under the direction of the State Board of Lunacy and
Charity, October, 1889; p.11. ISBN:1150009926
Last year several volunteers from the Greater Lowell
Genealogy Club indexed the Overseers of the Poor Collection for
the Lowell Historic Board. This collection contains over 6,000
files and was a huge project for us, but well worth all of our
effort. The sample scans below have been scaled down to fit our website
so they may appear a bit blurry. However, if you click on an
image the original scan will open in a new window.
As you can see, the history included within this one file is quite extensive,
it even includes a tax record.
Please see the list in the column on the right for the indices.
Should you want to view an original record,
please contact Kim Zunino at the Lowell
375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Room 55, Lowell, MA 01852,
Sample Overseers of the Poor Record - #1714 Frank