Searching for the factory records

This guide was last updated in 2012

Once you have the name of the factory, the next step is to see what records, if any, survive.

As factories were non-Governmental bodies, their records may not necessarily be archived at a local record office and the company may not have kept their archives.

Alternatively, if they are a large corporate body, they may still keep their own records and have their own archive. The Guinness Corporation is one such example and they also have an online search section to see if they have any record for your ancestor.

The first place to search would be to check on the National Register of Archives database to see if it is listed there. If you find an entry, it should also detail the extent of the holdings for the factory and where the records are located. Ideally, the holdings would include employment records detailing when your ancestor joined and left the company.

It’s also worth checking on TNA’s new fully integrated catalogue called Discovery, to see if the company name might pop up there.

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