Sources containing a variety of information the waterways archive. Census records also hatchum matchum and despatchum registers as these give the place of birth death and weddings with the peoples occupations i e.
Canal boatmen records. We owe a debt of gratitude to lance who. Tomlinson in preston brook. By the mid 1840 s however the situation had changed.
Examples include an 1886 seamen s and boatman s mission conference in bristol and in 1904 a canal boatman s strike in kirkintilloch. The canal community was close knit often living in self contained communities beside the canal. Names are listed by canal family with more than 32 000 individuals named.
The waterways archive administered by the waterways trust has records of boat owners and registered boatmen some toll records which allows you to associate a person with a boat archives of large carrying companies gauging tables kept by each navigation company showed details of a boat s carrying capacity and. Captain cook tusses bridge. Canal companies employed boatmen engineers clerks toll clerks blacksmiths navvies and many other types of workers.
Genealogy canal boatman boatwoman. To canal boatmen family history. Bmd certificates for the family show him as a canal boatman in 1879 and 1883 with addresses in birmingham in 1871 and 1883.
It would not have been possible to collect and analyse these newspaper records without the british newspaper archives www britishnewspaperarchives co uk who have digitised many local and national newspapers. A search for boatmen at the british newspaper archive yielded articles dating from 1700 to the present day from around the uk. The advent of the railways as an alternative for freight carrying made transport by barge less popular and hence work on the canals became less lucrative.
Easthope dale slater boatmen. Emma lively joseph henry garrett banbury. I ve spent lots of time on ancestry trying to find my great grandfather george noble boatman 1855 1940 on the census.
Many of these professions may be mentioned in minute books wage books staff ledgers pension books and rent rolls so canal company records are often a good place to start. Thomas gray waterman. Canal worker boatman often giving the address and name of the boat for births and marriages i e.
Hastings family of yorkshire. The traditional crew was master and mate and if money was short the mate might be the wife or child. Spellweaver online canal boat ancestors.
In her 89th year she maintained her memories of living near the working canal with its colorful boatmen. Canal boatmen in the shropshire staffordshire cheshire area. Boatmen could often be away for several weeks at a time.