Union An­ces­tors

Au­thor of (Pen & Sword, 2015)

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rel­e­vant ex­am­ples in­clude the Iron Plate Work­ers So­ci­ety and the Tin and Sheet­mill­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. You can also try the re­search tool­kit sec­tion, which leads to var­i­ous on­line sources and re­gional re­sources such as ar­chives and so­ci­eties. “Metal work­ing is a huge trade com­pris­ing black­smiths, sil­ver­smiths, gold­smiths, tin­smiths (tinkers), bright­smiths and far­ri­ers amongst oth­ers. Wheel­wrights and wain­wrights might also dab­ble in ‘smithing’ al­though they mainly col­lab­o­rated with a black­smith. The vol­un­teer-cre­ated Black­smiths’ In­dex ( black­smiths.my­gen­webs.com) is use­ful and in­cludes some gold­smiths and an­chor­smiths. The in­for­ma­tion, largely com­piled from cen­suses, can be searched by county and cites oc­ca­sional anec­dotes. For those with clock­mak­ers and watch­mak­ers in their fam­ily tree (and re­mem­ber jewellers/gold­smiths’ shops of­ten also had a watch­maker and/or re­pairer) Ances­try has GH Bail­lie’s Watch­mak­ers and Clock­mak­ers of the Worldd (pub­lished 1947) on­line. There is a list of clock­mak­ers and a search fa­cil­ity so, for in­stance, ‘Coats’ brings up seven ref­er­ences in­clud­ing where they were based and work­ing dates. Un­for­tu­nately, no Emm ever made watches! A printed copy is also held in the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists’ Li­brary along­side pam­phlets out­lin­ing clock­mak­ers in var­i­ous coun­ties and their most fa­mous work as ap­pro­pri­ate.”

The Black­smiths In­dex also has gold­smiths and an­chor­smiths

A tin­ker uses his tin­smith skills to re­pair a cus­tomer’s tin pan

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