How do I turn a record from "The complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775" into useful genealogy records?

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I have a record from ""The complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775" by Peter Wilson Coldham. How do I follow up on that record to find an immigration record or passenger list containing that record?

P.351 Hamilton, Thomas , (1771) See Erskine, M.
Erskine als Maxwell als Hamilton, Thomas S Jan-Feb T Apr 1771 Thornton
Pg. 918 sailing date May 1771 ship Thornton destination America ref T1/483

I would like to be able to translate that into actual records, including ship passenger lists, crime committed, origin of individual, etc. I believe that this refers to Wikitree profile [Hamilton-5989], who is my gg father 7 generations removed.
WikiTree profile: Thomas Hamilton
asked in Genealogy Help by Howard Hamilton G2G Rookie (200 points)
Coldham abstracted British Court records.  The actual books have a key to all the abbreviations which tell you where in England to look for the original records.

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Took just a brief look at the book (ancestry.com). See also "More Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775," p 57 (img 71 on ancestry.com) which has: "Erskine als Maxwell als Hamilton, Thomas. S Lent LC AA Co., Md., from Thornton May 1771. M."

Just a suggestion

1) look up all the abbrevations (S = sentenced to transportation, etc.) and (try to) determine the references (e.g., what's "T1/483" for the Thornton? A passenger list?)

2) Divide up the task into several pieces to search, as the single line you reference is likely arrived at from several different sources. Maybe something like: Thomas Erskine (and/or Thomas Maxwell??) sentenced to transportation Jan-Feb (1771?). Thomas Hamilton sentenced to transportation Jan-Feb (1771?). Thomas Hamilton transported aboard the Thornton Apr 1771 [to/from??] Middlesex. etc.

3) See if you can determine the original source used by the author for each "fact." E.g.., what sentencing records were used? The intros and appendices in both books appear to provide some guidance there.

Then you'll have to do some grunt work to see if and where those original records are available. Maybe there's another publication with the transcribed records? Does the familysearch catalog have info?

Hope some of that works out for you, as it sounds like an interesting thing to do!

answered by Bruce Veazie G2G6 Mach 5 (53.5k points)
edited by Bruce Veazie

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