[APG Public List] Research into Illegitimate Births in Europe

treviawbeverly treviawbeverly at comcast.net
Thu Jan 14 11:51:41 MST 2010

I do a lecture entitled "Lost Babes. Child apprentices, those "branded" in 
records, orphans train riders & others." Here are several references you may 
be interested in. The subject has many, many more references.

Herndon, Ruth Wallis. Unwelcome Americans; Living on the Margin in Early New 
England (Philadelphia: University Press, 2001).
Bellemore, Marilyn. The Exter Bastard Files: To ease tax burden, Exeter once 
carted away unwed mothers  (2005).

 Sanborn, Melinde Lutz. Lost Babes. Fornication Abstracts From Court Records 
Essex County, Massachusetts 1692 to 1745 (1992).

Trevia Wooster Beverly

Houston, Texas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michol Colgan" <mlcolgan at verizon.net>
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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 12:36 PM
Subject: RE: [APG Public List] Research into Illegitimate Births in Europe

> Interesting indeed. Are there similar references works to cover the 
> subject
> in the U.S. that you would recommend?
> Thanks,
> 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
> Filippini
> Sincerely,
> Melanie D. Holtz, CG
> Holtz Research Services
> http://holtzresearch.com
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> Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants
> after periodic competency evaluations by the Board.
> =

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