Trades and Professions: The Family Historians Guide
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 64 pages
Author: S. Raymond
Publisher: Family History Partnership
Family history is not just about tracing our ancestors births, marriages and deaths. It is also about understanding our ancestors lives. In order to do that, we need to consult a variety of different sources. Occupational sources are particularly important, since work took up much of their time.
A huge amount of information about our ancestors can be discovered by consulting occupational records. Employers kept records of their employees, and trade unions, professional associations, and trade guilds kept records of their members. And bureaucratic attempts to regulate particular trades and professions created mountains of paper. Fortunately for us, a wide range of archives survive, and can be consulted by researchers.
This is the first book to provide a general overview of occupational sources that are available in the UK. Its aim is to tell you where to find information about your ancestors occupations.
2. Life Cycle Occupations
- The Army
3. Personnel and Business Records
4. Government Regulation
5. Trade Guilds, Professional Associations and Trade Unions
6. Books and Journals
7. Trade and Professional Journals
8. Biographical Dictionaries
9. Trade Directories
10. Parliamentary Papers
12. Sources for Specific Occupations
The book is quite small (just over 60 pages) but the author provides not only useful websites but also lists of published books and journal articles for relevant categories. After addressing references under broad categories such as "Personnel and Business Records" and "Trade Directories", the author then devotes half the book to "Sources for Specific Occupations" such as Fishermen, Miners, Nurses, and Seamen (both Merchant Navy and Royal Navy) are conveniently listed alphabetically. A three-page index guides one quickly to the relevant page(s). I tried some of the websites and found them to be a useful starting point for relevant professions.