Following on from Perry Gauci’s Journey into Genealogy podcast interview where we discussed English trade, banking and merchants in 17th-19th centuries this post contains the resources suggested.
- British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)
- London Gazette for bankruptcy notifications
- Wills and inventories – search on Ancestry/ National Probate Calendar Index/ Probate website
- Insurance records
- Trade directories at the University of Leicester and TNA guide https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/people-business-trades
Other useful sources of information include:
The National Archives (TNA)
- Bankruptcy proceeding papers – use this TNA Guide: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/bankrupts-insolvent-debtors
- Chancery Master Rose Exhibits
- High Court of Admiralty https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/high-court-admiralty-records
- Advice on collections held by other archives: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/business-history-records-held-by-other-archives
- Bank of England Archive
- Hoare’s Bank Museum and Archive
- Coutts Bank
- Child’s Bank (see Nat West below)
- Nat West and https://www.natwestgroup.com/heritage.html
- Lloyds with a listing of all the banks they have merged with over the years
- Barclays – some older archives here: https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/locations/5da31e9e-620b-3c75-a22d-733f397da4fc
- Slave trade database https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/project/details
- 18th century books which have been digitised and show a list of subscribers within. Do a Google Search, some results may show books on jstor, internet archives, Google Books and more.
- City of London Livery Companies or Guilds
- Apprenticeship records
Tips from Perry’s interview
- Start off by confirming your ancestors vital information (birth, marriage and death records). Then what you know about their work/employment. Put together a timeline. Then search for them on Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com
- Be imaginative/creative in your thinking when searching as you may find information in unexpected places.
- For merchants – check port books. Collection E190 in TNA records amongst others. Guidance on this link: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/merchant-trade-records-port-books-1565-1799/#:~:text=Port%20books%20record%20customs%20duties,Wales%20between%201565%20and%201799.
- Look for private collections from merchants (unusual but may exist)
Anne L Murphy “Virtuous Bankers: A Day in the Life of the Eighteenth-Century Bank of England” about the Bank of England. Available via Amazon: https://amzn.to/3XPzc8e (affiliate link).
Links to the podcast episode are on the image below.
Perry Gauci can be contacted via his Lincoln College email: email@example.com
Listen to the podcast interview here: journeysintogenealogy.co.uk