By Ian Waller.
A guide to sources for family historians
Were your family involved in the leather trade? It would be no surprise if some of them were. In the mid 1850s thousands of workers earned a living in the leather trade. Your ancestors might have been tanners, shoemakers, saddle and harness makers or curriers. They might have made cricket balls or sporrans.
If you have found references to any of the leather trades in family documents or census entries, would you like to know more about what your ancestor was doing and what life was like?
In this book, Ian Waller examines the history of leather making, the processes used to create leather goods, and the working conditions that leather workers experienced. Ian covers tanners, curriers and leather merchants; the shoemaking industry; saddle and harness making; glove making and many other jobs that involved leather, such as balls, books, belts and hats.
This book provides comprehensive details of the types of records that are available to enable you to find out more about ancestors working in the leather trade. The appendices hold detailed explanations of records held in specific parts of the country.
"Authoritative and jam-packed with information about British leather trades."
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
Published April 2015, A5, 260 pages
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