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Family history

The Mills Archive holds a wealth of information about people, providing a rich source for both family history and social history.

If you are searching for your ancestors, read about our Mill People database, People Index and Library below.

If you would like to offer us some more information, or ask a question or make some other enquiry related to our records of mill people, please use our contact form.

The Mill People database

This is based upon the extensive database assembled by the late Mary Yoward, with help from her husband Tony. The late Eve Logan, another assiduous compiler of information on millers and millwrights, gave Mary over 30 bulging lever-arch files of information to add to her own. To this strong base Archive volunteers have added many more entries derived from a variety of sources, and this work continues.

Entries usually include the person's name and trade, gender, place and county as well as notes of interest and the source of the information (such as a directory, census, parish register or other record). Because the same names often occur in several records there is some duplication and, inevitably, there may be some transcription errors: as always, original sources must be checked.

The Mill People database, together with other useful material on this site including a growing number of biographies and genealogies and our Mill Writing blog, may be searched from our search page.

People Index

Unlike the Mill People database, the People Index lists individuals who have a connection with material held in the Mills Archive, perhaps the subject of an article or a photograph or mentioned in correspondence. This index is therefore a part of the Archive's catalogue.

The People Index and the rest of our Archive catalogue may be searched on our other site.

The Library and Reading Room

Family history research is also possible by visiting the Archive's offices and library, where we have a large collection of books and journals that may contain information of relevance. Although we welcome visitors they must make an appointment, as we are wholly dependent on volunteer staff. Contact details may be found at the foot of this page.

Books may be traced in our Library catalogue.

We also offer a fee-based research service for those unable to make the journey.

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