A few new books donated from the Genealogical Society.
- White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia: Birth and Shipping Records
- Richmond County, VA Marriages, 1668-1853
- 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.
If you are interested in Irish Genealogy then next month will be reason to celebrate, because Ancestry is adding the searchable Irish Catholic Parish Registers to its database.
This is going to blow down many brick walls for a lot of descendants of the great Irish diaspora, of which I count myself among. Most of my ancestors were Protestant Ulster Scots who came to America in the mid 1700’s from Ireland and this is not going to help in my search for them….but my great-grandmother, Katherine Quigley, emigrated from County Roscommon, Ireland in 1893 to Philadelphia. She was Catholic and would have been included in the Catholic parish records.
On a related note, I am traveling to Ireland at the end of May to stay with some friends in Dublin and then meet my extended family in Roscommon, where I can peruse the actual records if I wish. But I will probably be too busy dowsing for gold hoards, scuba diving for bog mummies and inspecting tapestries.
Actually, I might look at some records, but mostly I will be concentrating on oral histories from my kinfolks that I am very excited to meet.
Reference: Genealogy Insider
The State Archives of North Carolina has recently added Alien Registration and Naturalization Records to their digital collections. So if you had an ancestor that immigrated to NC between 1821 to 1944 they are probably included in the collection. The State Archive of NC has much more information over at their blog.