Where could I find Indentured Servants lists in PA for 1750-1780?

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Hello!

Is there any database that I can find Indentured Servants that came to PA between 1750 & 1780? I have a will of John Riegel in Germany Township, York County, PA in 1785 that mentions 'the one who is bound to me', the Indentured servant, but doesn't not list his name. He said he was to be released upon the agreement when he comes of age. This tells me that a possible written agreement was in place for this young man. How can I find out who he is and where he came from?

Thanks for the help!
Jennifer
in Genealogy Help by Jen Riegle G2G1 (1.9k points)
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by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (786k points)
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If you read through the interesting points about indentureship in the first link, it boils down to State records and property. Suggestions is to contact the archives. BTW, I had a separate matter and the archive curators are very knowledgeable. They located the papers and sent them to me very fast.

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Land-Records-Overview.aspx#.VnOXvFLr_3Y

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (786k points)
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I found this resource when researching my 3rd great-grandfather, the original immigrant of my family. It may only cover Philideliphia, though, ''Record of Indentures of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc. and of German and Other Redemptioners in the Office of the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, October 3, 1771 to October 5, 1773.'' . Oh pooh, I just noticed it's on Ancestry.com . . . ugh

by Robin Kabrich G2G6 Mach 3 (38.6k points)

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