Thu, 22 May 2014
Get ready to lay a foundation in your knowledge of Colonial American genealogy research. Beth Foulk is here to walk us through early immigration to America, Indentured Servitude and Bondage, and the records and resources that can help you locate your ancestors from this time period. But first...
Lisa's youngest daughter Hannah got married last weekend!
NGS 2014 Conference in Richmond VA
New Newspaper Collection
Hat tip to Paul Nauta at FamilySearch
From Chris on Family Relics: "I loved your comments on "most treasure family relic" in the latest podcast. I'm very fortunate to have pictures and artifacts from my mother's side, but unfortunately I know very little about my dad's side and have only a few things. I could relate to the woman whose answer was "nothing".
One consolation for me has been a few little things I could find out with just a little digging. I wrote about it on my blog
Finding the things I mentioned at least lets me stand in the shoes of my ancestors and imagine life in that place and at that time. It's not as nice as a "relic", but it brings them to life as real people. I think that's important in genealogy as well. Love the podcast!"
Judy writes to as a follow up to the Google Earth for Genealogy Webinar
After watching today's webinar and seeing the gal search the GLORecords for land patents I tried for William Breeding.
S C O R E ! ! ! ! !
I had tried searching for land patents for William Breeding in the past with no success. My great results are due to finally getting confirmation that it is William Jackson Breeding for sure and watching this gal search today.
Thanks for the heads up on this webinar!!!”
Watch Google Earth for Genealogy free here at the Genealogy Gems website.
Barbara is Shocked: "I really enjoy your podcasts, and was listening to your latest one when your piece about not so happy memories really struck a chord with me.
I recently asked for the file of my Great Uncle from the Australian War Memorial. He was in World War I in France. I found that he had been charged with desertion and sent to goal( (jail)! What a shock, and I don’t think many of the family know a lot about it.
Reading through the transcript of the court marshal and the history of this time of the war, it was pretty clear he was a young man in shock after seeing several of his fellow soldiers die, who did not know what to do. He got separated from his troop and wandered around for a couple of days until he found another company and was arrested. Later he got TB and this probably shortened his life. A sad story, and during my research, I found that 306 Commonwealth solders were shot for desertion. It is quite a controversial part of our history as (thank goodness) the Australian Army refused to allow any of its soldiers to be executed, and this caused some issues with the English officers.
A new law passed on November 8th 2006 and included as part of the Armed Forces Act in the UK has pardoned men in the British and Commonwealth armies who were executed in World War I. The law removes the dishonour with regards to executions on war records but it does not cancel out the sentence of death.
I have decided not to put any of the information online, but keep it in the family archives. Anyone in the family who decides to go looking will find it at the war memorial site, but my uncle did not marry or have children, so that does seem to lessen the impact."
Barbara also asks for your help: I am trying to track down the family of an Australian sailor from WWI who wrote some lovely postcards. I bought them at a garage sale several years ago, and have only just got around to reading them. I would really love to give them to the family, as they are very touching.
Here is what I know from them:
I can be contacted via my blog Genealogy Boomerangs if any listeners have information. Any help you can give would be appreciated, and thanks again for the great podcasts, I love hearing about all your travels and experiences.
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GEM: Colonial Research with Beth Foulk
Look for the bibliography on her website:
During the 1600s and 1700s three-quarters of all immigrants were indentured servants and another 50-60,000 were convicts "transported" to America and sold into "slavery" on the plantations of Maryland & Virginia as their sentence for the crime. The conditions in England were abysmal, and for many this was the only out of a broken social system that had failed them.
1718: The Transportation Act is passed, which included:
1. Who could be shipped
2. Surgeon must be on board
3. Dictated the number of convicts that could be on board
Question: Where can the genealogist look to identify if their ancestor was indentured or in bondage?
Answer: The Old Bailey Online – London’s Central Criminal Court 1674 - 1913
Full transcripts of every court hearing during this time period
From the website: “The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
Also look for:
The pre-eminent authority: Author Peter Wilson Coldham
Other possible records for Indentured:
Other possible records for Convicts:
Census (if your ancestor is the only one with that last name in the area,that could be a clue they were a convict)
There were also Political Prisoners. Look for Diary or Transcripts
Visit Beth’s website:
SONG: The Death of Wolfe
(Song used with permissions from Archiving Early America website)
Come all ye young men all, let this delight you,
Watch the video: Music in a Colonial Williamsburg Tavern
For more inspiration and information search “Colonial Genealogy” at YouTube.
CLOSING: Why You Do Genealogy
Paul wrote: "To start with my Aunt gave me 2,000+ names when I was baptized as she knew the Church members do a lot of genealogy. Many of the stories I found were interesting. But I also got to know my father who was killed about 7 months before I was born."
Tim wrote: "Just the whole destiny thing. When I go back several generations, I wonder what IF he had never married her, what IF she had not moved to this town, met her husband, what IF they had stopped having kids just before my gggrandfather was born...etc. I am who I am and where I am because of decisions that were made long ago. Just kind of cool."
Margaret: "Really nice video. I pursue my family history because I want to take myself back to THEIR time, find out what their lives were like, follow their journeys, trials, tribulations and day-to-day lives. Through census records, city directories and Sanborn maps I discovered my 2nd great grandpa lived around the corner from an ice-cream store in Savannah, with a dairy right behind it! How cool is that!"
Peter: "I do research because I want to know who my family is, where they came from and what they did. After a 20 year search to solve one of my family line missing links I solved it and yelled whoo who, it felt so rewarding."
Margaret: "My mom had always described herself as a Heinz 57. I'm much more curious about just what/who had contributed to who I am. Having roots that reach into ancestors from Germany, England, Mexico and Spain by ways of RI, IN, TX and California make for interesting research!"