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PrenticeNet

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About PrenticeNet

PrenticeNet was launched late in 1996 as a way for us to share our family genealogy and history research with family members and interested friends. As we developed the website, we found a bit of a community forming around all of the extended family members. Before long we decided to extend our research to all lines of Prentice families (and all spellings, since thre was a bit of overlap, and it's likely that we all have common origin).

Unless otherwise noted, whenever the name "Prentice" is used as a general term, it refers to all surnames of similar spelling (Prentiss, Prentis, Prentys, and others).


PrenticeNet is organized into various sections that hopefully allow you to find the information you're looking for. There are 5 main sections to the website. These sections can be accessed from the links on the left-hand side of the top navigation bar:

  • Home .. provides links and information that relate to the website in general.
  • People .. offers information about specific people and their families, as well as information such as birth, marriage, and death records.
  • Places .. has information about locations such as cemeteries, buildings, houses, as well as cities, towns, and other geographical points of interest.
  • Museum .. the home for the "Prentice Museum," which provides images and descriptions of items that were made by Prentices, owned by Prentices, or have some Prentice connection. "Supporting" members have access to high-resolution images.
  • Newsletter .. is the repository for the Prentice Newsletter which is edited and maintained by long time Prentice researcher, L.J. Dewald.

In order to post a query, sign the guest book, or add a comment to a page, you must be a registered member or PrenticeNet. Registration is quick and easy (and free), so if you want to be involved, register now.

The links on the right-hand side of the top navigation bar allow you to customize the appearance and layout of the website. Click the uppercase "A" links to set the overall font size, and click the "1", "2", or "3" links to specify the number of columns to display. The "print view" link lets you temporarily remove the colored columns and other non-document content to provide you with a page that's better for printing. Accessing the website from a mobile device will default to the 1-column layout. Registered members can customize the appearance of PrenticeNet by selecting specific fonts and a greater range of font sizes. This functionality is available from your Member Admin page.

The layout of the website is divided into three vertical columns. The left-most column is the navigation area, which provides the links to the pages within each section. At the top of the navigation area is a two-tabbed panel labeled Browse and Search. The links on the Browse tab will change for each section and page, allowing you to visit related pages. The Search tab lets you search for specific keywords within a selected section or the whole site. The search results will remain available until you enter a new search query. Below the Browse/Search panel is a panel that provides links to the most recent Prentice Newsletter topics.

The middle column provides the main content for each page. If you want to print a page, choose the "Print View" link to make the left and right columns to disappear allowing you to print just the content for that topic. At the bottom of most pages you'll find a comments area. This allows PrenticeNet members to add comments to pages, which can be anything you feel is relevant to the page. It may be a note with additional information, or a link to another website that has related information. Members can edit or delete their own comments, and registered visitors can click a link to the left of each comment that lets them send a message to the person who made the comment.

The right-most column provides a panel that lists randomly selected queries from the past year. These queries will change each time you visit a new page. This column also contains a panel that lists the recent comments that have been added to pages throughout the site. A third panel in this column displays featured items from the Prentice Museum.

Feel free to add comments to this page about ways to make PrenticeNet easier to use!

This page is maintained by PrenticeNet.

Prentice Queries


• Henry and Nathan (or Nathaniel) Prentice, said to be twins, were born c. 1787 in the Preston-Plainfield area of CT. They, and their widowed mother, moved to Burlington Flats, Otsego Co. , N... (more)
» Joe Dewald [1997-05-13]
• Edward Prentice of Hornton, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire 1790/ 91 I have searched many Parish Registers for Oxfordshire for the birth/ baptism of Edward Prentice without success; however I do have a copy of a will written by an Edward Prentis of Drayton, he died in 1808 In the list of items left to his family he leaves his second watch to Edward Prentis (no relation given to him) and to John Prentis his brother the lease of his farm. One theory I have and this brings me to Edward 1791-- at the beginning of the will he bequeaths unto Edward Simpkins natural son of Mary Simpkins of the Parish of Ratley the sum of 100 pounds, In the parish register of 1791 on the 3rd April, Edw Prince Simpkins was christened son of Mary. There is no further knowledge of this Edw (death, marriage, 1841 census) . Was 'Prince' (an unusual name) meant to be written as Prentice/ s? So could this be the Edward that eludes us. Unfortunately there is no proof. Drayton, Ratley, and Hornton are villages only a few miles within distance and crop up quite frequently in the research I have done prior to my family moving to Birmingham. I am going to check with my details and see if there is other dates. census etc: I can send, in the meantime I am sending conformation of my immediate family. Horace George Prentice m Ethel Ruth Hope 1 June 1935, Sparkhill, Birmingham David George Prentice b 4 July 1936, Solihull, Warwickshire. m Dinah White 16 July 1958 Coleshill, Warwickshire Dinah b 9 Sept 1935 Sheila Margaret Prentice b 4 June 1941 Solihull, Warwickshire m John Dunlop Dunn ! Sept 1962, Acocks Green, Birmingham. John b 12 June 1939, Glasgow, Scotland. David is a well known artist and has had many major exhibitions, you can find his details on the web site if you Google his name. Sheila Dunn (nee Prentice) 2013 08 13
» Sheila Dunn [2013-08-13]
• Joshua Prentiss b. 1744, moved to Marblehead in 1762. Was _____ Inspector of a Port of M__ for 24 years. Town clerk 30 years. Lieutenant in Cambridge Capt John Merritt's Co. from Marblehead. A... (more)
» Steve Milligan [1998-04-12]
• Am looking for relatives and information concerning my grandfather THOMAS FRASER PRENTICE, born 2/ 6/ 1887 in Toronto, Ontario, and died 1/ 17/ 1948 in Vancouver, BC. Served in Canadian Army 191... (more)
» Allen R. Briem [1999-07-25]

Recent Comments


• Scott Bergeson: There is a town called Prentice, Wisconsin, founded by Alexander Prentice. Some information about the town is here: http://vil.prentice.wi.gov/historywalk/ , and the second or third red dot on the ma... (more)
» Visit page [2017-11-19]
• Maryfrance Mccauley: I'm looking for a phantom James Prentice form Ireland that came to Canada in 1855 (ish) he had three children Maryanne Dougal and Daniel with the Widow Jane Moore (muir) I want to find his Irish root... (more)
» Visit page [2017-11-15]
• Maryfrance Mccauley: Are there any List on any Prentice Irish Families
» Visit page [2017-11-15]
• Jennifer Hanson: Gilbert Prentis is mentioned several times in a list of deed abstracts from Delaware Co. between 1804-1808. The list can be found at the attached link.
» Visit page [2017-10-24]
• Maggi Macaulay: My Great Great Great Grandfather was this George Prentice, and John was my Great Great Grandfather. I have photos of John and his wife Margaret Wilson
» Visit page [2017-09-30]

Featured Museum Items


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» 10 cent note issued by Jas. H. Prentice, Hat Manufacturer - Hat factory on Raymond St. in Brooklyn N.Y.
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» Letter from J.I.Prentiss & Co., 1920 - Letter to the Salter Canning Co. regarding an error in stocking apples.
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» Postcard from Samuel Prentiss, 1882 - To Moses Hoyle Esq., of East Thompson, CT
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