Quick tip – Find places of origin in bond letters

If you are searching for an ancestor’s origins before 1811, it might be worthwhile to check the town registers to see if they submitted a bond letter. This is a certificate given out by their previous place of settlement that indemnifies the new town in case the person becomes poor. The old place of settlement promises to support them. If you find a bond letter, this will tell you where they came from.

Bond letter of Andries Lucas Philips Verhaert, 29 November 1688

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  1. Is the surname Labisonniere a Dutch surname? Could it have been shortened to Labis?? or is it someone from a possible French or Flemish town Buisson [bush in English?]??

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