Trac­ing Your Trade and Crafts­men An­ces­tors

By Adèle Emm

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

(Pen & Sword, 224 pages, £14.99)) Any­one who has ever had the need to find out more about their r fore­bears in any pro­fes­sion will bee fa­mil­iar with the prob­lem of ex­tract­ing spe­cific in­for­ma­tion from the ever-grow­ing galaxy of of­ten con­fus­ing web­sites. Trade-re­lated books can some­times be just as be­wil­der­ing, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to sift out the spe­cific facts that we need to make sense of an­ces­tors and their trades.

There’s long been the need for a sin­gle writ­ten ref­er­ence source that elim­i­nates the time-con­sum­ing task of hop­ping from one web­site to an­other or search­ing through nu­mer­ous books but now Adèle Emm has suc­ceeded in pro­vid­ing such a re­source.

This very read­able il­lus­trated book brings to­gether vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing a fam­ily his­to­rian might need to pin down and re­search vi­tal tradere­lated ge­nealog­i­cal facts.

Not only are the con­tents help­ful and in­for­ma­tive but the book is well-struc­tured – you can ei­ther read it from cover to cover or al­ter­na­tively just dip into it when the need arises. It’s packed with lots of use­ful sug­ges­tions, in­clud­ing the best web­sites that might prove use­ful in find­ing all the vi­tal records re­fer­ring to an in­di­vid­ual trade. More to the point, the au­thor presents es­sen­tial hard facts in­ter­spersed with fas­ci­nat­ing anec­dotes, in­ter­est­ing sto­ries, his­tor­i­cal notes and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion – a for­mat that is rarely found in other ge­neal­ogy books.

Whether you need to know about an an­ces­tor’s work­ing hours, wage scales, pen­sion facts, union mem­ber­ship or even hol­i­day pe­ri­ods, this book will pro­vide many of the an­swers you need. Re­gard­less of whether our fore­run­ners were gen­tle­man mercers, gifted crafts­men, trade ap­pren­tices, or­di­nary shop­keep­ers or hum­ble labour­ers, this well thought out guide de­serves a prom­i­nent place on any fam­ily his­to­rian’s book­shelf.

Colin Wa­ters is a so­cial his­to­rian and

free­lance writer.

Tips on trac­ing your car­pen­ter an­ces­tors are in­cluded in the book

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