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Bankruptcy – a podcast from The National Archives

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If you’ve been looking at our lists of Essex bankrupts and found your ancestor in them, or are just interested in how bankrupts have been dealt with over the past 400 years, then the latest podcast from The National Archives will be of interest: Credit crunch histories: records of bankrupts in The National Archives

It looks at the history of bankruptcy and the over one million records created to record this often life-changing event in the lives of many of our ancestors. The speaker explains the procedure for bankruptcy, the types of records available in the archives, and where you can access the records.

Part of the Victorian way of dealing with debtors was imprisonment in a debtors’ prison. Another related podcast which may be interest is The real Little Dorrit: Charles Dickens and the debtors’ prison.

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