10 Jan 2006
Family History Hour
This is the lineup for today's genealogy podcast, now available for you to listen to 24/7. Please also note the
"Links We Mention" and "Listening to the Show" directions below.
Myrt's guests include:
editor of Reunions Magazine from
www.reunionsmag.com with stories about
planning fun school, military and family reunions. She explains the #1 problem
all reunion planners face, and recalls the most recent family reunion where an
entire barn was devoted to artifacts from the family. The magazine reports on
the successes and the "wish we had done its" from reunion organizers.
Pierre Cloutier, from
technical guru behind PAF Companion 2, which prints colorful charts for PAF
Personal Ancestral File, both available from
www.FamilySearch.org. Note that
Progeny first developed PAF Companion in 1997 in partnership with The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. PAF Companion is
now bundled with PAF Personal Ancestral File on CD and sold by The Church's
Distribution Services 1-800-537-5971 for $8.25US. An evaluation version of PAF
Companion is also available as a free download from
www.FamilySearch.org. This trial version limits the number of generations
that can be viewed or printed. Users can then purchase full access to the
downloaded trial version for $6.75US by calling The Church's Distribution
Services to obtain an unlock key.
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Richard E. Black,
director of the Godfrey Memorial Library
in Middletown, CT. Our topics include:
- History of the Godfrey
- What is the AGBI (American Genealogical &
Biographical Index) & how to obtain copies of indexed entries for your
- An overview of the free and "for members only"
databases freely searchable including:
- OCLC Worldcat
- FindUSA - Find
missing relatives fast. Reports include: full name, DOB, addresses for the
past 30+ years; property records; court records; links to every person who
lived at those addresses for the past 30 years and much more. Typical
reports provide links to individuals; their parents; spouses; adult
- Early American Newspapers (Readex)
- Atlanta Constitution (1868-1925)
- Boston Globe (1872-1901)
- Chicago Tribune (1890-1982)
- Los Angeles Times (1881-1984)
- New York Times (1857-2002)
- Washington Post (1877-1988)
- Why HeritageQuestOnline pulled its service from
the Godfrey including specifics on when the change will take affect.
Our tour this week discusses
LINKS WE MENTION
From the BookShelf -
Genealogical Publishing Company -
SOURCES: Tennessee Apprenticeship & Maryland Prerogative Court Records
"Just as he did for 29 counties of East Tennessee (see below), Dr. Alan
Miller has sifted through the apprenticeship records of 35 Middle
Tennessee counties and brought them within the reach of the genealogy
researcher. With the publication of his second book, MIDDLE TENNESSEE'S
FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902, Mr. Miller is now
two-thirds finished unearthing these rich but rarely consulted source
records for the Volunteer State.
As Dr. Miller reminds us in the Introduction to his first book, EAST
TENNESSEE'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911, the
practice of apprenticeship "spread to the colonies along with other
English customs but gradually became less of a method of training in the
professions and crafts, developing instead into a system whereby children
who were or were likely to become indigent could be supported without cost
to the local government." In Tennessee, in fact, the term "orphan" was
broadened to include not only parentless children but also "any child as
bindable whose father had abandoned him or utterly failed and refused to
support him . . . ."
Since apprentices were separated from their families at an early age, if
your ancestor was apprenticed, his/her record could serve as the "missing
link" to generations of elusive ancestors. It is sometimes possible to
find a county's records of indenture in the original. However, as in Mr.
Miller's case, even when those records have disappeared, you can
reconstruct them by combing through the original court minutes of the
pertinent counties themselves.
Apprenticeship records, by the way, ordinarily provide the date of the
record, name of the apprentice, his/her age, and the master's name;
however, on occasion, they also furnish a parent's name, the trade, date
of birth, and other useful details.
A full century before the first Tennessee apprenticeship record had been
filed, the Province of Maryland had amassed thousands of probate records.
Before the various Maryland county courts assumed responsibility for the
administration of probate, the provincial Prerogative Court in Annapolis
performed that function. (In fact, even after the county takeover, some
records related to probate continued to be filed with the Prerogative
Until very recently, the records of the Prerogative Court were
inaccessible to researchers because they lacked an index and were bound in
volumes (libers) the dates of whose contents sometimes overlapped.
Fortunately genealogist Vernon Skinner has made it his mission to abstract
the contents of these crucial 17th- and 18th-century records. To date, we
have published three volumes of Mr. Skinner's transcriptions, and we
expect to produce several additional volumes during 2006. Thanks to his
diligence, this extremely valuable but obscure record group will soon be
within the grasp of all Maryland researchers.
Scroll down for more detailed descriptions of the rescued records
pertaining to probate in colonial Maryland and post-Revolutionary
FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902
This second volume of Tennessee's "forgotten children" contains some 7,000
apprenticeship records scattered among the minutes of the county courts
for Middle Tennessee. These records span the period from 1774 to 1902 and
list in tabular form the apprenticeships created in the following 35
Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson,
DeKalb, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys,
Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore,
Overton, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Van Buren,
Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson.
FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911
These 11,000 records bear reference to apprenticeships created between
1778 and 1911 in 29 Tennessee counties. Mr. Miller has arranged the
records by county and thereunder chronologically. For each record we are
given the name of the apprentice, a date (either the date of the original
bond or indenture, or a subsequent date), age at apprenticeship, name of
the master, and miscellaneous information ranging from the name of the
mother or a sibling, race, cause of apprenticeship (e.g., orphan), his/her
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