Step-by-step: Trace a baker
Find an ancestry who worked in the food industry, using this advice
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).