Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


A Sampling of Social History in the UK – as it affects Genealogists

Trades, Travels and Trysts,
A Sampling of Social History in the UK – as it affects Genealogists
Approximate text for presentation on
Saturday Saturday 27th September 2003
at the National Archives – Ottawa Ontario

Most of our ancestors had trades. With new inventions and changing economic times, there were often strong reasons for them to relocate – especially those in their early twenties. For example, in many areas it was the first-born male that took over the family farm; other boys were “given the road” instead – some of my forbears were! This presentation is intended, using many examples, to show the wealth of information that is now available on both the trades and the likely travels of our forebears within the UK. There are many local history books (often published by lesser-known publishers) and there is a weath of information on the web – if you know where to find it!

This presentation selects trades such as mining, fishing, farming and building construction – and even specialist trades and professions such as saddlery and the clergy – to show that information on such trades can be found, and that the needs within such trades cause people to relocate. A knowledge of social, (and local economic) history is a useful asset in order to decide what to do next when chasing a family line and getting a blank. The “trade” column on both civil registration records and census records may well be an invaluable clue to decide what to do next. Web pages on Local History, often found by a search engine, can provide both information and references on a wide range of specialist information. And finding lesser-known books with a web site that serves many UK second-hand bookshops is a great resource, too.

For more go to the link on the rhs

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