Three New Books

New Books

A few new books donated from the Genealogical Society.

  1. White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records
  2. Richmond County, VA Marriages, 1668-1853
  3. Emigration to other States from Southside Virginia, Volume 2

One of the books has a problematic and misleading title, White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records.
These kidnapped children were not chattel slaves but indentured servants.  They may have been stolen from the streets of London or other large cities in the British Isles and most likely led hard and sometimes short lives, but at some point after they were either adopted or served out their indenture they would have been admitted into the population as full citizens as all white indentured servants in America were.  This is quite unlike the fate of enslaved Native Americans and African Americans, who had no rights and could never become full citizens.  So maybe the title should be Children Kidnapped from the British Isles and taken to the Mid-Atlantic States of North America to be  Indentured Servants: Birth and Shipping Records.

But, that being said, it is great that the author has compiled these records, because this is certainly an important genealogical resource for a group that has been overlooked in history.

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