England: Canals and Waterways Team

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Greetings, WikiTreers,

We're excited to announce that the England Project is launching a new Canals and Waterways Team, headed up by Geoff Rice. The goal of the team is to document the people who lived and worked on and around England's canals and waterways.

If you're already a member of the England Project, and would like to join this team, you can do so by contacting Geoff directly.

If you're not yet a member of the England Project, and would like to join this team, you can sign up here.

Whether your interest is lock-keepers, navvies, boatmen, or yard owners, this team has something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up today, by order of the Peaky Blinders!

Susie :-)

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anon Anon G2G6 Pilot (246k points)

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Sounds fantastic!
by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (188k points)

Sounds a good idea, though I suspect,  not an easy field.

There was an excellent website on the Families of Stoke Bruerne 1700-1900  (obviously a lot of them were involved in the canal in some way) Like so many it has gone but I have been able to find it on the Wayback machine although I don't know how many pages from it will be retrievable.http://web.archive.org/web/20080225182421/http://www.tech2u.com.au/~normtew/index.htm

(yes it is retrievable but not as useful as thought it might be as it doesn't always include occupations, I just checked one of my ancestors who is on there and was variously a lockeeper and a boatman, He's there but occupation not mentioned. 

This seems like a worthwhile effort. I recall adding a couple of profiles for people who probably/apparently worked on England's canals, but I recall that the occupational information (probably from census sheets) wasn't entirely clear. This was while I was working on a connectors activity, so I wasn't doing thorough studies of the biographies of most of the people I was researching.  I've also added a couple of relatives in the United States who were "boatmen" or apparently worked on canals. I suspect that their relationships to specific rivers or canals were obvious to the 19th-century census enumerators who recorded their occupations (for example, they may have resided at the locks they kept), but canals have been abandoned and bridges have replaced ferry crossings, so historical research is now necessary to tell their stories.

This has some useful tips and a few intact links, https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/collection/family-history.htm

However, the virtual waterways archive  goes to a place selling pond equipment.The archive is now at  http://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/home  (lots of images but only for private research, not for publishing elsewhere without permission)

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I have visited this National Museum there is a way to search their holdings https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/document-library

by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (195k points)

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