Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 224 pages
Author: A. Emm
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781473823624
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Almost all of us have a tradesman or craftsman – a butcher, baker or candlestick maker – somewhere in our ancestry, and Adèle Emm's handbook is the perfect guide to finding out about them – about their lives,
their work and the world they lived in. She introduces the many trades and crafts, looks at their practices and long traditions, and identifies and explains the many sources you can go to in order to discover more
about them and their families.

Chapters cover the guilds, the merchants, shopkeepers, builders, smiths and metalworkers, cordwainers and shoemakers, tailors and dressmakers, coopers, wheelwrights and carriage-makers, and a long list
of other trades and crafts. The training and apprenticeships of individuals who worked in these trades and crafts are described, as are their skills and working conditions and the genealogical resources that
preserve their history and give an insight into their lives. A chapter covers the general sources that researchers can turn to – the National Archives, the census, newspapers, wills, and websites – and gives advice
on how to use them.

Adele Emm's introduction will be fascinating reading for anyone who is researching the social or family history of trades and crafts.

1. Introduction to Trade and Crafts
- Occupation records
2. Guilds
- The Great Twelve Liver Companies
- Tracing Guild Ancestors
3. Training and Working Conditions
- Training and Apprenticeship
- Indentures and Deeds of Apprenticeship
- Pay
- School Leaving Age
- Working Hours
- Holidays
- Pensions
- Health and Safety
- Trade Union and Friendly Societies
4. Merchants and Mercers
- Ships and Shipping Resources
- Coal Merchants
- Coffee, Chocolate, Tea Merchants; Shops and Houses
- Mercers
- Tobacconists and Tobacci Merchants
- Victuallers
- Vintners/Wine Merchants
5. Shopkeepers
- Bakers and Confectioners
- Butchers
- Costermongers, Pedlars and Hawkers
- Drapers
- Fishmongers
- Greengrocers/Fruiterers
- Grocers
- Haberdashers
- Ironmongers
6. Builders and the Building Trade
- Auctioneers and House Agents
- Bricklayers
- Brickmakers
- Carpenters, Joiners, Turners and Sawyers
- Road Builders and Menders
- Painters
- Stone Masons
- Thatchers
7. Smiths and Metal Workers
- Blacksmiths
- Goldsmiths and Silversmiths
- Jewellers and Watch/Clockmakers
- Locksmiths
8. Cordwainers and Shoemakers
- Bootmakers
- Shoe Factories
- Clogmakers
- Unions
- Records
- Plces to Visit
9. Clothing and Allied TRades
- Tailors
- Dressmakers and Seamstresses
- Hat Making
- Milliners
- Button Makers
- Glovers
- Lacemaking
- Places to Visit
10. Other Trades
- Coopers
- Printers, Bookbinders and Stationers
- Saddle and Harness Makers
- Wheelwrights and Coachbuilders
- Places to Visit
11. Other Genealogical Reources
Select Bibliography and Further Reading


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