Step-by-step: Trace a baker

Find an an­ces­try who worked in the food in­dus­try, us­ing this ad­vice

Your Family History - - Food, Glorious Food! -

CEN­SUS EN­TRY

1Check­ing the cen­sus will­help de­ter­mine your an­ces­tor’s pre­cise oc­cu­pa­tion. Here, in 1881, Con­rad Fran­mann is a fore­man baker in Fins­bury, Lon­don while Fer­di­nand Agratz is a jour­ney­man baker; both are Ger­man (large num­bers of Ger­man bak­ers set­tled in Bri­tain). TRADE DIRECTORIES 2If your fore­bear was a mas­ter baker - he was run­ning his own busi­ness - you might find him listed in a trade direc­tory for the area. There’s a good se­lec­tion for Eng­land and Wales on the His­tor­i­cal Directories web­site ( http://spe­cial­col­lec­tions.le.ac.uk/ cdm/land­ing­page/col­lec­tion/p16445­coll4). THE GAZETTE 3The highly com­pet­i­tive world of bread man­u­fac­ture meant that many­busi­nesses did not sur­vive. If your an­ces­tor was listed as own­ing a bak­ery, have a lookatThe Gazette ( https://www.thegazette.co.uk) to check if there are any bank­ruptcy no­tices re­lat­ing to him. AP­PREN­TICE­SHIPS 4This shows Ed­ward’s new fam­ily con­sist­ing of his first child with Jane, his son from his first mar­riage and al­though An­nie and El­iza Prescott were Ed­ward’s sis­ters-in-law, they’re de­scribed as ‘adopted’. There’s also a lodger who wasn’t re­lated to ei­ther fam­ily. GUILD RECORDS 5Bak­ers’ guilds or com­pa­nies ex­isted in Lon­don and other ma­jor cities to pro­tect their mem­bers from out­side com­pe­ti­tion. In­di­vid­u­als be­came freemen on com­plet­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship and join­ing a guild. Check Dis­cov­ery ( http://dis­cov­ery.nationalarchives. gov.uk/) and the Scot­tish Ar­chive Net­work ( www.scan.org.uk/) for avail­able records. LO­CAL PHO­TO­GRAPHS 6If you’ve found your an­ces­tor listed in a trade direc­tory, check with the lo­cal his­tory li­brary to see if old pho­to­graphs ex­ist for the street in ques­tion. This im­age of Stevens’ Bak­ers Shop in Stafford is on Stafford­shire Past Track ( www.staffs­past­track. org.uk).

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