“Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records [Maryland and Virginia]” is a new book by Richard Hayes Phillips.
In this work he lists more than 5,000 children who were kidnapped from England, Ireland, Scotland and New England and sold into slavery in Maryland and Virginia from 1660 to 1720. These kidnappings were the result of a 1659 English law allowing officials to kidnap children who were beggars or vagrants. These children were not indentured and the courts assigned their time of servitude.
It is important to read the introduction about the author’s methodology, using county court order books where extant; for many counties, such sources are missing. Each entry lists the name of the child, the date they appeared in court, the age assigned by the justices, and the owner. The index covers surnames only.
This is an amazing compilation and might help many find their ancestral origins. This soft cover book is available for $29.95 plus $5.50 postage from the Genealogical Publishing Co., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211. It also can be ordered at 1-800-296-6687 or www.genealogical.com.
Civil War round tables
Metro Atlanta has a number of round tables in which Civil War history is discussed.
One of these is the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County Inc., whose website, www.cobbcwrt.org, has links to similar groups. They are in partnership with the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University and hold monthly meetings. New members are invited to join.