World Archives Project: Dorset, England, Vagrant Passes, 1739-1791

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About this project Vagrants’ passes were papers that enabled those deemed to be vagrants to make their way back from wherever they had been caught wandering by the authorities to their place of legal settlement.

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Need help keying this project?

Key all individuals. Infer a surname from a listed spouse if necessary. (For example, if the primary person is "Mary, the wife of John Smith" key Mary Smith.) Create a new record for each individual listed together as families. Do not key names of constables, magistrates, or other individuals who are not listed vagrants/rogues/vagabonds.

Key dates as numeric if written out. Note that these records cover the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in England. If a date appears as January 3, 1741/42, key the month and date as seen, and key the first year, in this case 1741.

Forms throughout the project, whether handwritten or printed, tend to follow the same general organization and use the same formal wording according to form type. Therefore, a handwritten Vagrant Pass, and a printed version of the same document should have the same language and order of information. This should assist in keying handwritten documents.


Project-specific sample images and form field help:

Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Accounting Form
Apprehended Form
Examination Form
Reward Form
Transport List
Vagrant Pass

Accounting Form

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Use the Accounting Form type for any record pertaining to payment of wages, accounts payable by the county for services rendered (usually containing the wording "This Court doth order the Treasurer...") or lists of only the numbers of vagrants transported by constables. If a transport list contains names of vagrants then use the Transport List form type. On the Accounting Form only key the date information.

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued.
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Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary.
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Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741.
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Apprehended Form

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Use the Apprehended Form type for images where the body of the document (not the introductory header) starts with the phrase "Whereas [Name of Vagrant] was apprehended..."

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued. The date on an Apprehended Form is located at the bottom of the document.
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Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary. The date on an Apprehended Form is located at the bottom of the document.
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Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741. The date on an Apprehended Form is located at the bottom of the document.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen. If the record is for "Mary, wife of John Smith," infer the surname of Smith for Mary from her husband.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Age

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.Note that not all records will contain an age of the primary individual. Key when it is present.
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Origin Parish

Key the Origin Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen. If only a borough and no parish is given, key the borough in the parish field. The borough of "Shafton, otherwise Shaftesbury" should be keyed as "Shaftesbury."
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Origin County

Key the Origin County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the origin entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
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Destination Parish

Key the Destination Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen.
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Destination County

Key the Destination County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the destination entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
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Examination Form

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Use the Examination Form type for images starting with the phrase "The Examination of"

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued.
See Example

Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary.
See Example

Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741.
See Example

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
See Example

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen. If the record is for "Mary, wife of John Smith," infer the surname of Smith for Mary from her husband.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
See Example

Age

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.Note that not all records will contain an age of the primary individual. Key when it is present.
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Reward Form

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Use the Reward Form type for images starting with the phrase "Whereas it duly appeareth unto me..."

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued. The date on a Reward Form is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary. The date on a Reward Form is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741. The date on a Reward Form is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
See Example

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen. If the record is for "Mary, wife of John Smith," infer the surname of Smith for Mary from her husband.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
See Example

Age

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.Note that not all records will contain an age of the primary individual. Key when it is present.
See Example

Origin Parish

Key the Origin Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen. If only a borough and no parish is given, key the borough in the parish field. The borough of "Shafton, otherwise Shaftesbury" should be keyed as "Shaftesbury."
See Example

Origin County

Key the Origin County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the origin entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
See Example

Transport List

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Use the Transport List form type for lists of persons transported by constables, or other officers. This list should have the actual names of people transported, not just the numbers of people moved. If the list only contains information such as "Dec. 1, transported 3 vagrants," then use the Accounting Form type.

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued.
See Example

Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary.
See Example

Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741.
See Example

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
See Example

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen. If the record is for "Mary, wife of John Smith," infer the surname of Smith for Mary from her husband.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
See Example

Age

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.Note that not all records will contain an age of the primary individual. Key when it is present.
See Example

Origin Parish

Key the Origin Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen. If only a borough and no parish is given, key the borough in the parish field. The borough of "Shafton, otherwise Shaftesbury" should be keyed as "Shaftesbury."
See Example

Origin County

Key the Origin County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the origin entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
See Example

Destination Parish

Key the Destination Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen.
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Destination County

Key the Destination County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the destination entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
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Vagrant Pass

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Use the Vagrant Pass form type for images starting with the phrase "Whereas a Pass hath been..."

Event Day

Key the day the document was issued. The date on a Vagrant Pass is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Event Month

Key the three-letter abbreviation of the month the document was issued using the provided dictionary. The date on a Vagrant Pass is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Event Year

Key the four digit year the document was issued. Convert written forms of years into numerical equivilants. If the year is expressed in Julian/Gregorian year pairs, such as 1741/42, key the first part of the year, in this example 1741. The date on a Vagrant Pass is located at the bottom of the document.
See Example

Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in the dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
See Example

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person to whom the record pertains using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Surname

The Surname is the last name of the primary person to whom the record applies. Key the Surname using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen. If the record is for "Mary, wife of John Smith," infer the surname of Smith for Mary from her husband.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record applies using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in the dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
See Example

Age

The Age refers to the age of the primary person to whom the record pertains. -If an Age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an Age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the Age as 10.  -If an Age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the Age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12. -If an Age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.Note that not all records will contain an age of the primary individual. Key when it is present.
See Example

Origin Parish

Key the Origin Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen. If only a borough and no parish is given, key the borough in the parish field. The borough of "Shafton, otherwise Shaftesbury" should be keyed as "Shaftesbury."
See Example

Origin County

Key the Origin County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the origin entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
See Example

Destination Parish

Key the Destination Parish using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a parish does not appear in the dictionary then key the parish as seen.
See Example

Destination County

Key the Destination County using the dictionary provided for assistance. If a county does not appear in the dictionary then key the county as seen. If the destination entity is "City of London" consider that entity a county, but key as seen.
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