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My Ancestor was a Blacksmith


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



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