Tracing Your Manchester and Salford Ancestors

Tracing Your Manchester and Salford Ancestors

by Sue Wilkes


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ISBN-13: 9781473856356
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 06/12/2017
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sue Wilkes is an established expert on regional, local and industrial history, and she is a well-known family historian. In addition to contributing many articles to history and family history magazines, including Who Do You Think You Are? and Family Tree. She is the author of Regency Spies, A Visitors Guide To Jane Austen's England, The Children History Forgot, Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives, Regency Cheshire, Tracing Your Canal Ancestors, Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors and Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Begin Exploring the Past 1

Two Cities - Shared Histories 1

How to Use this Book 3

Archives, Libraries and Repositories 4

Reference Works 10

Newspapers in Libraries and Online 12

Family History, Heritage and Local Societies 15

Genealogy Suppliers 16

Maps and Plans 16

Distant Memories 18

Further Reading 20

Chapter 2 Family History Basics 21

Civil Registration 21

Anglican Parish Registers 26

The Parish of Manchester 27

Nonconformists, Roman Catholics and Other Faiths 38

Wills and Probate Before 1858 42

Wills and Probate After 1858 44

Divorce Records 45

Further Reading 45

Chapter 3 The Transport Revolution 46

Turnpike Trusts and Highways 47

Canals 49

Canal Archives and Records 54

The Railway Age 56

Acts of Parliament and Blue Books 59

Further Reading 60

Chapter 4 Made in Manchester 61

Cotton and Textiles 61

Coal Mining 65

Engineering, Chemical, and Other Industries 68

Buses, Trams and Motor Vehicles 70

Air Travel 72

Commerce and Banking 73

Researching Workers, Companies, Industries and Trades 76

Further Reading 80

Chapter 5 Local Government and the Poor 82

Manchester and Salford Police Commissioners 82

Manchester Corporation and City Council 84

Salford Before and After Incorporation 88

Greater Manchester County 90

The Poor 91

Charities and Friendly Societies 96

The Temperance Movement 97

Further Reading 98

Chapter 6 Health and Education 99

Infirmaries, Dispensaries, Asylums and Hospitals 99

Manchester Board of Health 102

Schools and Education 104

Sport and Football 112

Libraries 113

Further Reading 115

Chapter 7 Court Records, Estates, Crime and Taxation 116

Salford Hundred 116

Manorial Records 118

Great Estates and Old Families 120

Law and Order 123

Local and National Taxation 134

Further Reading 136

Chapter 8 We, The People 138

National Censuses, 1801-1911 138

Radical Manchester and Salford 139

Electoral Registers 145

Trade Unions and the Labour Movement 145

Co-operative Societies 149

The Anti-Corn Law Movement 149

Migration Experiences 150

Wartime Experiences 155

The Fire Service 164

Modern Cities 165

Further Reading 165

Appendix 1 Archives and Resources 168

Appendix 2 Useful Addresses 180

Appendix 3 Family History, Heritage and History Societies 182

Appendix 4 Useful Websites 186

Appendix 5 Poor Law Unions in Manchester and Salford 190

Appendix 6 Timeline of Key Dates 192

Appendix 7 Places to Visit 193

Index 197

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