Apprenticeship Records (281)


Tutor: Stuart A. Raymond


Apprenticeship generated a range of records, most of which provide invaluable information for tracing family history. The practice of apprenticing young men to learn a trade is first recorded in twelfth and thirteenth century London. It gradually spread to many other towns and cities, and became subject to regulation. The Statute of Artificers 1563 required all tradesmen to serve an apprenticeship of at least seven years before they could trade. Provision for apprenticeship was also made under the Poor Laws. Parish overseers could bind children as young as six or seven to serve as apprentices until they were adults. Such bindings were supposed to ensure that children were taken care of at little cost to the parish. This course will familiarise you with apprenticeship records, and will explain how to find them. It will also give you a basic understanding of what being an apprentice meant in the period covered.

Lesson Headings:
  • What was an Apprentice?
  • Reading & Interpreting Apprenticeship Indentures
  • Documents dependant on Apprenticeship Indentures
  • Pauper Apprentices

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STUDENTS SAID: "Excellent lesson notes with relevant links and sources. The Exercises, Assessments and the Chat sessions were challenging, and reinforced the knowledge and skills acquired from the lessons themselves very effectively." "Another GREAT course ... thank you Stuart!"

Relevant Countries: England & Wales

Course Length: 4 weeks
Start Date: 10 May 2017
Unassessed Cost: £45.99 Course Full
Assessed Cost: £61.00 Course Full

Start Date: 18 Apr 2018
Unassessed Cost: £45.99

Assessed Cost: £61.00

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