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My Ancestor was a Shoemaker


In the past, every community had its shoemaker or cordwainer. They played an important role in the village. Mechanisation and mass production diminished their role significantly but hand-made shoes are still available to this day.

Ian Waller examines:

- what the cordwainer or shoemaker did;

- where the records are;

- what happened when the factories took over production.


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, including My Ancestor was a Leather Worker.

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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