Tracing Your Docker Ancestors (Paperback)
A Guide for Family Historians
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Alex Ombler’s handbook is the first practical guide for family historians who wish to find out about family members who worked in British docks. In a series of concise, informative chapters he takes readers through the history of British ports and identifies research methods and materials – both local and national – through which they can discover the lives and experiences of the people who worked in them.
Many of us have ancestors who were dock labourers – in 1921 there were around 125,000 dockers across a large number of British ports – and the organizational history of the dock labour force is extremely complex. As a result, the social and family lives of dockers and their communities can be difficult to research, and that is why this book is so useful.
The history of the docks is covered as is the daily life of the dockers, and sections trace the development of trade unions, the experience of dock workers during the world wars and the decline of the docks in recent times. Dockland artefacts and communities are described, and there is a comprehensive directory of regional and national records.
"If your ancestor worked as a docker this is a book that will help you understand the industry."East Yorkshire Family History Society
Featured inGlasgow and West Scotland Family History Magazine
Featured as prize in competition24seven Lifestyle magazine, July 2019
Featured in: 'Pen & Sword Books have some great new releases for your book shelf. We have picked out the best'.Waterside, issue 11
If you have ancestors who worked in the docks you'll get insight into their daily lives, whilst if you have an interest in the local history of a town or city that has a port it will provide useful background information.Lost Cousins
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There are extensive references on where to find resources.Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, John D Reid
The latest in Pen and Sword’s brilliant genealogical series looks at resources for people researching their ancestry who may have family members who were employed in the various docks, many of which have now disappeared or fallen into disuse.Books Monthly
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