Whether your an­ces­tors dealt with steel, iron, tin or cop­per, th­ese web­sites can help you to track down ref­er­ences to their work­ing lives, writes

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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 ( dis­cov­­tion­ uk), Scot­tish Ar­chives Net­work ( uk), Ar­chives Wales ( and Ar­chives Hub ( 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

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