Railway workers' records hit the web

By jonbauckham, 4 July 2013 - 5:05pm

Whether they worked as station managers or porters, you can now learn more about the lives of your railwayman forebears following the launch of a new record set at TheGenealogist.co.uk

Thursday 4 July 2013
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Researchers can now find out more about their ancestors’ working lives following the addition of new railway employee papers to www.thegenealogist.co.uk.

Building on a collection that already includes over one million railway records from across England and Wales, the family history website has now added details of men employed by the Cornwall Railway Company during the late-19th century.

Available to Diamond subscribers, the records can provide useful details about individuals, including their full name, date on which they entered service and information regarding wages or salaries.

With employees ranging from stationmasters to porters included in the set, it also offers an important insight into the structure of the company at the height of the Victorian railway boom. As travelling by other modes of transport was still slow and roads were in poor condition, the relative lack of competition meant that private railway corporations became some of Britain’s largest employers.

Among the dominant companies was the Great Western Railway, which bought the Cornwall Railway and its stock on 15 June 1889. The records in this latest tranche were actually created from lists drawn up by the new owners to provide a comprehensive picture of its workforce, serving on lines that spanned from Falmouth to Plymouth.

Importantly, TheGenealogist.co.uk’s entire collection of railway records is fully searchable by details such as name and keyword, with options also available to filter results further by year and region.

“The new railway records are a unique way to trace your ancestors from their occupation,” says Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist.co.uk.

“Finding your ancestor here gives you a snapshot into how they lived and worked. If they were a highly respected engine driver or made a career in a support role, they were all part of an incredible time of change and development in Britain.”

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► To search the records, visit www.thegenealogist.co.uk


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