Fishing and Fishermen: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 176 pages
Author: M. Wilcox
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9781844159888
Other: b&w photos, sketches, appendixes, glossary, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Martin Wilcox's concise and informative guide to the fishing industry will be absorbing reading for anyone who wants to learn about its history or to find out about the life of a fisherman and his family.

In a clear and accessible way he takes the readers through the technical, economic and social aspects of the story. He gives a graphic account of the development of the British fisheries through the medieval period and into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The themes and issues that family and local historians will need to understand in order to pursue their research are a key part of the study. He introduces the reader to the variety of national and local records that are available for genealogical research and considers the many other resources that can yield fascinating information about the industry and those who worked in it.

1. Getting Started
 - First steps
 - Background research
 - The internet
 - Archives and local studies libraries
 - Basic genealogical sources
2. The Medieval Fisheries
 - Manorial records
 - Tithe records
 - Port books and customs records
3. The British fisheries 1500-1815
 - Parliamentary papers
 - Naval records
 - Records of the Newfoundland Fishery
4. The Trawl and Line Fisheries 1815-1950
 - Crew lists and agreements
 - Records of apprentices
5. The Herring Fishery and Inshore Fisheries 1815-1950
 - Ship registers
 - Certificates of Competency and Service
 - Scottish fisheries records
 - English fisheries records
6. The Fishing Industry Since 1950
 - The White Fish Authority Herring Industry Board
 - Business records
 - Newspapers and the trade press
 - Directories
 - Personal papers, memoirs and contemporary commentaries
Appendix 1. Museums and Archives with Collections Relating to Fishing
Appendix 2. Fishing Vessel Port Markings
Appendix 3. Glossary

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