Records of Indenture and Apprenticeship in Ancestry LE

Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes millions of poorhouse and workhouse records, and hundreds of thousands of records of apprenticeship and indenture. You can locate these record collections by searching Ancestry LE’s Card Catalog:

• SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD(S) apprentices 6
• SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD(S) indentures 4
• SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD(S) workhouse 4
• SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—KEYWORD(S) poor 24

Master cordwainer and apprentice (Library of Congress collection)
Master cordwainer and apprentice (Library of Congress collection)

Information provided in individual apprentice/indenture records varies, but may include:

• Name of master
• Name of apprentice/servant
• Birth year
• Place of residence
• Age at time of indenture
• Payment date

Information provided in individual poor house/workhouse records varies, but may include:

• Name of inmate
• Year of birth
• Occupation
• Religion
• Diet restrictions
• Age at admission
• Date of admission
• Date of discharge
• Parish or Poor Law Union
• Name and location of workhouse

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library and our branches.

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