Search professional registers
Professional registers and directories usually include address details as well as educational attainments, which may lead to further records. Also, because they were often published every year or two, they can be used to track your ancestor’s movements.
Ancestry, in partnership with the Wellcome Library, has a large collection for the medical and allied professions, with registers going up to 1959 ( bit.ly/anc-med-reg). The website
familyrelatives.com also has a selection of medical directories (including a roll of midwives
from 1920 at bit.ly/fr-mid-1920). You can search registers of dentists at the British Dental Museum in London, or request a lookup ( bda.org/museum/enquiries/was-your
ancestor-a-dentist). Meanwhile Crockford’s Clerical Directory lists churchmen and can be found online covering 1908 and 1932 on Ancestry, 1921 and 1922 on Familyrelatives and 1929 on TheGenealogist – other years may be available at libraries and archives. Finally Ancestry has professional lists of engineers going up to 1930.