Locating the factory

This guide was last updated in 2012

You will need to have the name of the factory to start looking for any surviving archives for it. As mentioned, this may be located on a genealogical record.

Alternatively, a military record may provide details of your ancestor’s previous employer. If you do not have these details then it may just be a matter of ascertaining which factories were in the locality where your ancestor lived and which of these may have employed them depending on their occupation.

For example, if your ancestor was a cotton piecer then which were the cotton mills in the area that they could have worked for? This can be done by referring to trade directories, looking at old ordnance survey maps or reading a local history guide for the area.

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