A-Z of Family History Sources & Stories
Join me on this A-Z journey to explore the fascinating records
that can enhance your family history research and writing.
BIBLES - What a miss for future family historians, as how many of us now have in the home a family bible, where we record births, marriages and deaths?
I was delighted to find at my grandfather's house his own parents'' family bible. But their enthusiasm for this record- keeping obviously waned, as the entries petered out after the first four children were born. They went on to have a further seven children.
John. my great grandfather's older brother, made a much neater job of recording births and deaths in his family, with this beautifully written page which even includes the days of the week when the children were born.
BUSINESS RECORDS - if you know where your ancestor worked, contact with a local archive centre or museum is called for here to discover background information on your ancestors' work, particularly if it was in a key local industry, such as textiles. The focus on the collection may be on financial and production records, rather than individual employee information, but you may well find valuable pointers that illustrate your ancestor's working life, such as wage sheets, staff photographs. product labels and advertisements, marketing brochures, letterheads etc. A local history might have been written on a company. Many towns now have publications featuring old photographs of local shops, trades, mills, garages, etc. - one might be where your ancestor worked.
See Also: D for Directories, J for Job Titles, and O for Occupations.
My cousin's Oldham family were carters and coal men in Blackpool, Lancashire - a life illustrated in these documents: