Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

1/11/2007

Apprenticeship Records as Sources for Genealogy

The Statute of Apprentices in 1563 forbade anyone to enter a trade who had not served an apprenticeship. Whilst the full rigour of this statute was modified by subsequent Acts of Parliament and by legal judgements, it remained on the statute book until 1814.

Until the Statute 8 Anne c.5 (1710) made stamp duty payable on indentures of apprenticeship, no central register of apprentices was kept in England and Wales, and evidence of apprenticeship must therefore be sought locally, in the surviving papers of firms, parishes, charities and individuals. (See, for example, W B Stephens, Sources of English Local History (1981). for more click here

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