April 2021 Discounted Book of the Month - My Ancestor was a Leather Worker

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 leatherworkers 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.

The usual cost of My Ancestor was a Leather Worker is £9.99 and is currently available to SoG members at the discounted price of £8.09 (£8.99 to non-members). A £2.00 postal charge applies within the UK. Offer valid until 30 April. This book plus the full range of titles published are available from our online bookshop

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