I'm trying to find information on someone who was born in October 1910 at 204 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch (London, UK) which I have come to learn was the St. Leonards workhouse and hospital.
The short question is - where could I find records of him and his mother for this?
At the National Archives page for St. Leonards it directs you to the LMA. But I've read older forums of people accessing the records online there? Has this now stopped?
At the London Metropolitan Archives for St Leonards Hospital H19/SL it says
"For the administration of Shoreditch Workhouse and Infirmary 1867-1930 and for registers of inmates in the workhouse and infirmary see the records of Shoreditch Board of Guardians"
On the LMA page for that collection it says that all the records are available on Ancestry.co.uk.
The records I think I want are:
Register of patients, males 1906 00-1910 SHBG/149/013
Register of patients, males 1910 00-1912 SHBG/149/012
Register of patients, female 1908 -1912 SHBG/149/027
but I'm finding it confusing to locate these records online. I've recently done other research on the Islington Workhouse and this made much more sense. I'm wondering if the Shoreditch records were either partially lost or destroyed, or whether Ancestry hasn't finished putting them online? UPDATE: all records a labelled as "Physical Condition: Fit" by the LMA.
I know some of these are not transcribed, and I've been browsing the images manually.
Ancestry in this case doesn't have the above references, it uses a USA code, so it's hard to correlate the sources except by name.
I've got a premium membership (not sure if it alters which catalogues are available?), but when I look at the list of catalogues, there doesn't seem to be a Guardians section like there is for the other workhouses.
If you browse the Shoreditch records, you get some of the name-indexed admissions records - which I've come to understand were a recompilation of the primary book which itself was in date order as people arrived and departed.
However this only goes up to 1903.
Scrolling down there is an "other" section which does go through 1910, but when I browsed through these images (under G mostly) while there are hundreds of entries for 1908 and other years, suddenly there are only three or four names in 1909, 1910, 1911. Then picks up again in 1912/1913, but it's not like there's pages missing in the archive, it's more like the hospital was closed during this period? They were still recording admissions but only very few.
It's frustrating - as all the records seems to skip exactly the year I'm looking for!
Looking at the last 1903 book, it does have the LMA reference on a sticker on the book. I want SHBG/149/012 and 13, it does seem like the next two books are simply not on Ancestry?
I have also asked Ancestry, but they seem slow to reply.