TheGenealogist Releases 60,000 British Railway Worker Records

The following news release is from thegenealogist.com:

TheGenealogist releases 60,000 railway worker records.
● More than 60,000 railway workers have been added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist
● Find details of railway ancestors, where they were employed and what they did
● Trace your railway worker ancestor’s careers through their promotions
● Discover when they retired
● Read obituaries

The Genealogist has added over 60,000 rail workers to its online indexes of Railway Employment Records. Taken from Railway Company Staff magazines these records are useful to family historians with railway employee ancestors, wanting to find important occupation related dates and add some social history to their family tree. These records include such details as staff changes, promotions, pension records, retirements and obituaries. Often additional personal information is revealed in the magazines. In some cases you can read about gifts from co-workers given when rail staff leave.

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For example, we can discover that Mr A.N.Train had been a Station Master at Whitdale and Sigglesthorne, stations that today are converted into private houses sitting as they do on lines closed under Beeching’s cuts in the 1960s. The railwayman’s details have been extracted from his obituary in the British Railways Magazine of November 1949 Vol 2 No 11. We can learn such useful details as his retirement date, as well as the date that Mr Train passed away at the age of 79.

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One click takes us to an image of the original page on which the record is based.

Kearney, Nebraska’s Trails & Rails Museum to Build a Family History Center


The Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney, Nebraska has announced plans to build a $3.1 million family history center meant to house artifacts, offices, space for traveling exhibits, a conference room and a gift shop on adjacent land.

The museum board of directors would like to break ground in September and open the building to the public in early 2014. It is excepted that local folks will want to donate family their history, and artifacts.

Read more about the project.

Photos of Delaware’s Jackson & Sharp Company Trains Being Exhibited & Planned to Go Online at the Delaware Public Archives Website.

The following excerpt is from the January 4, 2011 edition of the Milford Beacon:

Dover, Del. — From Hawaii to Germany to Delaware, railroad enthusiasts everywhere clamor for Woodcut from the 1879 Car Builder’s Dictionary. From: http://www.midcontinent.org/rollingstock/builders/jacksonsharp1.htmphotos of Jackson and Sharp Company trains. The Delaware Public Archives is the keeper of 4,000 of those images, drawings and documents, and is putting a chunk of them on display from Wednesday, Jan. 5, to Saturday, Jan. 8. Soon after that, those images also will be on the Archives’ website, so those far away can get a close-up look.

Jackson and Sharp operated in Wilmington from 1863 to 1950, building railroad cars for operations around the globe. Once the railroad business started going south, they specialized in ships to broaden their reach.

Images from the Jackson and Sharp collection get a lot of requests, said Tom Summers, manager, outreach services.

“We’ve had train enthusiasts from as far away as California and Hawaii request this collection,” he said.

The Archives is in the process of making the files digital and posting them online. It’s a time-consuming process that Summers said is coming to a close.

Summers and photo archivist Randy Goss said putting the collection online is one way of sharing the collection.

Read the full article.