This page of resources was compiled to accompany a webinar for the English-Welsh Interest Group of the Minnesota Genealogical Society in April 2016.
Guild and apprenticeship records can be a fantastic source to help you take your family tree further back in time or to flesh out the stories of your ancestors’ lives. They frequently provide the evidence to confirm family connections and can enable the migrant to be traced to his place of origin.
There are many published volumes of Freemen and/or Apprentice registers and increasingly databases are appearing online making these records more accessible than ever before.
Guild & Borough Records
Tax Records (The National Archives of the UK class IR1)
Parish and Poor Law Union Records
Related Online Resources
Records Transcribed and Published in Book Form and Available Online
Register of the Freemen of the City of York from the City Records. Vol II. 1559-1759. https://archive.org/details/registeroffreem02surtuoft
Recommended Books and Articles
The following two books are aimed at genealogists and provide an easy to understand overview of their subjects with lots of specific information on sources and where to find them:
Raymond, Stuart A. My Ancestor was an Apprentice. London: SOG. 2010. (Available on Kindle)
Aldous, Vivienne E. My Ancestors were Freemen of the City of London. London: SOG. 1999.
The next book provides a very comprehensive account of apprenticeship in England:
Lane, Joan. Apprenticeship in England 1600-1914. London: UCL Press. 1996. (Available on Kindle)
Providing more detail regarding London Livery companies and their records:
City of London. City of London Livery Companies and Related Organisations : A Guide to their Archives in Guildhall Library. London: Guildhall Library Publications. 2010.
Churchill, E and Webb, C. “The City Boys: Records of London Apprentices”. Ancestors 21 (2004).
Erickson, Amy Louise. “Eleanor Mosley and other milliners in the City of London companies 1700-1750”. History Workshop Journal 71 (2011) : 147-172.
Honeyman, Katrina. Child Workers in England, 1780-1820: Parish Apprentices and the Making of the Early Industrial Labour Force. Aldershot: Ashgate (2007).
Other useful books:
West, John. Town Records. Chichester: Phillimore. 1983.
Martin, Charles Trice. The Record Interpreter: A collection of abbreviations, Latin words and names used in English historical manuscripts and records. London: Reeves & Turner. 1892. Digital images. Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/recordinterprete00martiala : 2016.