Blacksmith was one of many village trades. A blacksmith did many different jobs, from making gates for the local manor to shoeing horses - although this latter job was one for a farrier. Most towns and villages had a local forge (or two!) so many of us have blacksmith ancestors.
Ian Waller will describe the job of a blacksmith and the records that can help you as you do more historical research on blacksmiths.
About the speaker: Ian Waller is a retired professional genealogist with over thirty years experience in English research. He is the author or many books, several published by our society.
He is a qualified adult education tutor and lectures widely on family history topics at both the beginner and advanced levels. He is a Fellow of AGRA where he was a former Chairman/Council member, and also a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists