Company and Business Records by Eric Probert


Reading branch talk 29th September 2016

Eric gave a very informative talk about company and business records. He started at the beginning with where you can find clues about a persons business involvement. These could be through birth, marriage and death records or trade directories. These could hint at that persons role within a company as owner, partner, director, shareholder or employee. There are various sources of information of the existence of a business which can accessed – some of which are trade directories; telephone books; local and national newspaper advertisements; insurance records; bankruptcy notices; trade cards; parish magazines; local, specialist and history societies; almanacs and yearbooks.

Records can be located online at TNA Discovery, Companies House, City of London Guildhall Library, The Archives Hub and Archives in Greater London. Historical records can be found in published company histories, Society of Genealogists Business Indexing Project (available on findmypast), Companies House, Current company archives, and in company magazines.  

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