METAL WORKERS ERS
Whether your ancestors dealt with steel, iron, tin or copper, these websites can help you to track down references to their working lives, writes
The type of work that your ancestor carried out may have gone by different names in different sources. For that reason this month’s expert choice, the Blacksmith’s Index, is particularly useful for exploring how the census enumerators recorded various metal working trades.
Records of heavy industry, engineering and manufacturing tend to survive in local record offices, specialist archives and museums. For that reason, the likes of Discovery ( discovery.nationalarchives.gov. uk), Scottish Archives Network ( scan.org. uk), Archives Wales ( archiveswales.org.uk) and Archives Hub ( archiveshub.ac.uk) are helpful for finding out what survives. If you know where your ancestor worked you can go direct to the appropriate record office and search for guides or catalogues, but remember that material may also reside in borough collections, libraries or museums.
The Messrs Rennie ironworks in London, c1865