[APG Public List] Research into Illegitimate Births in Europe

Michol Colgan mlcolgan at verizon.net
Thu Jan 14 11:36:29 MST 2010

Interesting indeed. Are there similar references works to cover the subject
in the U.S. that you would recommend?

Michol Colgan
APG member

-----Original Message-----
From: Melanie Holtz [mailto:melanie_holtz at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:57 AM
To: Transitional Genealogists; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Subject: RE: [APG Public List] Research into Illegitimate Births in Europe

Christy said:
"I attended a lecture last night at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. It
was given by Warren Bittner and was a fantastic discussion of researching
illegitimacy in Europe. I would highly recommend Warren's presentation to
anyone with illegitimate ancestors. The presentation is based on a decade (I
believe he said) of research for his Master's thesis. Some of the findings
were very surprising. Anyway, it was eye opening for me and I wanted to
share my impressions in case anyone else gets the opportunity to attend this
presentation in the future."

I've done some research on this subject myself although, I'm sure, not to
the extent of Mr. Bittner.  My research has also focused on Italy.  For
those interested, I can suggest two books, one on infant abandonment and one
on midwifery.  These subjects are intertwined.
"Sacrified for Honor: Italian infant abandonment and the Politics of
Reproductive Control" by David I. Kertzer [He's also written several
articles on this subject]
"The Art of Midwivery: Early Modern Midwives in Europe" by Nadia Maria


Melanie D. Holtz, CG
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