My 2x great-grandmother's life has been quite a mystery.
Ann Norah O'Brien Birth ABT 1860 • England Death 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
She went by the name Norah O'Brien.
She had 5 illegitimate children including my great-grandmother.
Francis Harold O'Brien Birth 21 MAR 1894 • Barton Regis, Gloucestershire, England Death Unknown Winifred Lydia O'Brien Birth 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Death 28 NOV 1979 • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada great-grandmother Dorothy Doris O'Brien Birth JANUARY 1898 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Death 19 APRIL 1986 • North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada John Edward Goode O'Brien Birth 19 JAN 1900 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Death 6 JUL 1965 • Gloucestershire, Gloucester, England George Albert O'Brien Birth 8 JUL 1901 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Death 10 NOV 1946 • Gloucestershire, Gloucester, England Marriage 28 Dec 1901 The register office, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England George Edward Goode
I ordered all of her children's birth certificates as well as her marriage certificate.
Her oldest son was born in the Bristol City workhouse. Does that mean he was born while she was working?
What can you tell me about these workhouses and how can I find records? What types of people worked in the workhouses and what were they for?
Also, Norah's birth date is a mystery. The only record I found in the GRO Index for that date range was for St Pancras, Middlesex. The father's name on the certificate is different from the name on her marriage certificate.