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Abandonded children in Zuid Holland early 1800s

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Abandonded children in Zuid Holland early 1800s

Posted: 22 Mar 2011 4:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
While researching some of my husband's Dutch ancestry, I came across a couple of families that had many children. Some of those children were listed as abandoned and died within the year.

At first I thought that the father or both parents had abandoned them, but with further study noticed that the couple continued to have children, about every other year, and abandoned many of them. I was horrified.

Is there an explanation as to the cultural attitude that allowed this? Were the parents too poor to feed them? Who then cared for (or attempted to care for) the abandoned children? Or were they left to die?

Thank you for any historical insight you may share!
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
CStanley84 22 Mar 2011 10:57AM GMT 
Jan_Brul 22 Mar 2011 11:17AM GMT 
CStanley84 22 Mar 2011 11:24AM GMT 
valeriehrvy 17 Aug 2011 10:12PM GMT 
valeriehrvy 17 Aug 2011 10:19PM GMT 
hjcaples 17 Oct 2012 7:51AM GMT 
hjcaples 17 Oct 2012 7:43AM GMT 
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