World Archives Project: England, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811

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About this project

The Board of Stamps was created by the Stamps Act of 1694. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries its duties included apprentices' indentures. This collection contains the Board of Stamps registers that document duty payments of apprenticeships. These registers record the following information:

  • Name, address, and trade of the master
  • Name of apprentice
  • Name of apprentice's parent (before 1752 only)
  • Date tax was paid
  • Amount of payment


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Register Page

Register Page

The records in these Registers span two pages - the left side and the right side of the open book. Both the left and right side pages should be categorized as "Register Page". However, only the left side pages have record data to be keyed. From the right side pages, only the piece number will be keyed. Leave all other fields as blank on the right side pages. The easiest way to identify whether the image is a right side or left side page, is to look at the location of the slip of paper with the piece number on it. If the slip of paper is to the left of the image, then it is a left side page; if it is to the right of the image, then it is a right side page.

Piece

At the left or right side of each image there is a slip of paper with the code IR 1/#### on it. Key the number following the slash (/). This number will not change very often.  
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Payment Year

The Date of Payment can be found in the left most column of the page. Sometimes the Year will only be listed once at the top of the column. Key the two or four digit year as seen, copying down for all payment dates in the column until another Year appears.
See Example Some records have now been found with only 3 digits eg 803 for 1803 - it has been confirmed that these should be expanded to 4 digits ie 1803; key other dates as 2 figures (03) or 4 figures (1803) as seen.

Payment Day

The Date of Payment can be found in the left most column of the page. Key the Month portion of the Date of Payment here. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. Key the month in full, even if abbreviated or given in numeric form on the record.Sometimes a date will only be written once for a grouping of records. Please make sure the month is copied down for all entries in the grouping.
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Payment Month

The Date of Payment can be found in the left most column of the page. Key the Month portion of the Date of Payment here. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. Key the month in full, even if abbreviated or given in numeric form on the record.Sometimes a date will only be written once for a grouping of records. Please make sure the month is copied down for all entries in the grouping.
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Master Prefix

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Key any titles that appear before the Master's Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen.
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Master Given

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the Master. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Two Masters - if two names for the Master eg John and Mary Smith, key each name on one line each (see discussion tab)

Master Surname

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Capture the Surname of the Master using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.
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If two surnames are listed such as "Mssrs Hudson & Frost" create two lines for the entry, one for each surname. (see forum thread http://boards.ancestry.com/wap.intlrecordsenglang/1241/mb.ashx )

Master Suffix

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the Master's Surname using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen.
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Master Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name. If given, key the alias given name of the Master here, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Master Alias Surname

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name. If given, key the alias surname of the Master here, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
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Town

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Capture the name of the town or city where the Master is from. Use the provided dictionary to assist you. If a locality does not appear in the dictionary, then key as seen. Sometimes the abbreviation "do",  meaning "ditto", will be given where the locality should be written. In this case, please key the appropriate information from the last entry in which the city or town was given.
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If the entry shows 'Town & Co of' before a single location, key the location in both the Town and County fields. For example 'Town & Co of Leicester' should be keyed with Leicester in the Town field and the County field. (See Forum Thread http://boards.ancestry.com/wap.intlrecordsenglang/1242/mb.ashx)

From Discussion Tab:
Isle of Wight - this was not a county then so key it in the Town field

London - key as a Town. Do not add street names but key as London only

Street names - do not key, unless that is all the information there is, eg York Street Covt Garden would be keyed as Covt Garden only, but if the entry said just York Street, then enter that in the Town field

Two Locations - eg Halifax & London - key as Halifax and London (ampersands are always spelled out as "and")

Ship/Vessel Name - eg 'Daniel Weller of the Cornwall master' - key 'The Cornwall' in the Town field.

County

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Capture the name of the county where the Master is from, if it is given. Sometimes only the town or city is provided. In this case, leave the County field blank. Use the provided dictionary to assist you. If a county does not appear in the dictionary, then key as seen. Sometimes the abbreviation "do",  meaning "ditto", will be given where the county should be written. When this occurs, please key the appropriate information from the last entry in which the county was given.
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Scotland - There is the occasional entry for a location in Scotland. As there is no Country field, key Scotland as a County, eg Dundee Scotland would be keyed as 'Dundee' Town and 'Scotland' County. (see discussion tab)

Apprentice Prefix

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]In older records (before 1752), the Apprentice's Name will be written as: [Apprentice Given Name] son/daughter of [Parent's Name].  Key any titles that appear before the Apprentice's Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a prefix does not appear in a dictionary then key the prefix as seen. 
See Example

Apprentice Given

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]In older records (before 1752), the Apprentice's Name will be written as: [Apprentice Given Name] son/daughter of [Parent's Name].  Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the Apprentice. Use the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Apprentice Surname

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]Capture the Surname of the Apprentice using the dictionary provided for assistance. If the surname does not appear in the dictionary then key the surname as seen.In older records (before 1752), the Apprentice's Name will be written as: [Apprentice Given Name] son/daughter of [Parent's Name].  Key the Parent's Surname as the Apprentice's Surname. 
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Apprentice Suffix

A typical record entry will look like the following: [Entry number] [Master's Name] of [Town and/or County] [Occupation] [Apprentice's Name]In older records (before 1752), the Apprentice's Name will be written as: [Apprentice Given Name] son/daughter of [Parent's Name].  Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the Apprentice's Surname using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a suffix does not appear in a dictionary then key the suffix as seen. 
See Example

Apprentice Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name. If given, key the alias given name of the Apprentice here, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

Apprentice Alias Surname

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for a given individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the abbreviation "for" or the words "nee" or "formerly". All the rules for keying a primary name should also be followed for keying any alias name. If given, key the alias surname of the Apprentice here, using the provided dictionary for assistance. If a name does not appear in the dictionary then key the name as seen.
See Example

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