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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Indenturement
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 22:16:54 -0600
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Did you ever check the IRAD holdings for Cook County?
Is there anyone on the list who has some expertise with IRAD?
I've obtained a few records by mail, and service was good--at
two different facilities. But they were pretty simple requests,
one was an inquest record and I forget what the others were.


On Jan 12, 2008, at 10:00 PM, Catherine Sherry wrote:

> Is anyone familiar with indenturement records and where they may be
> obtained? My gg-grandmother (Ella Butler) and her siblings were
> placed in
> the Chicago Orphan Asylum in 1850 after their parents died in the
> cholera
> epidemic. She was then indentured to (adopted by) a new family.
> Indenturement was used before formal adoption became the norm. I
> have a copy
> of Ella’s indenturement paper, but it is almost unreadable now. My
> sister
> believes she obtained it in about 1980, but cannot remember from
> where.
> We’ve had no luck trying to get another copy.
> Clues please??!
> Cathy
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