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Finding Children: Apprentice and Related Records, 1716-1900: Home

Before 1914, apprentice bonds were often the only records left by children. This is a guide to will help you learn how to use them and related records.

About this guide

Image of apprentice bond

Apprentice bond for Israel Mitchell, Granville County, NC 1769.
Original document in the State Archives of North Carolina, call number C.R.101.2

Some of the only records about children in North Carolina include apprenticeship records. Also related are bastardy bonds, guardianship records, and poor house records. These records can help connect a parent to a child and add information to supplement research you’ve already done. In this guide, you will find important background information, suggestions for research methods, and resources. Also included are images of original records to serve as examples of what you may find during your research.


Pages in this guide:

  • Historical Background - Background information about apprenticeships and who can be bound out and reasons for being bound out, whether forced or voluntarily

  • Research Methods - Methodology for searching for apprentice bonds and related records

  • Accessing Records - Information to help you find original records as well as print and online resources

  • Get more help - Contact GHL staff for additional assistance

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