Thursday, 7 April 2016

A to Z Challenge - F

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.

F is for Farmers

We all know that we can find our farming ancestors on the agricultural censuses, telling us what crops they grew, how much land was used for what and what animals they kept. There are other resources we can look at to find our farmers, like Farmer's Directories.

One is Farming Periodicals, which may have a women's section in the back with crochet patterns, contributed household hints and recipes, etc. Herd Books give the names of the owners and of their prize breeding animals. Farmer or Agricultural Associations reports often have lists of members and subscribers.

For amusement and sport between work seasons farmers took turns using their land for Ploughing Matches and Courses.  You can find the results of these competitions in local newspapers.

Did you find your farming ancestor in other resources?

Related Posts on Farming


  1. In my own region of the Scottish Borders, there are lots of resources on farmers, beyond the obvious census returns etc., available at the local archive centre. e. g. Membership of agricultural and pastoral societies with records of prize winners at the annual shows.

  2. I would be able to help myself Che king out the crochet patterns. Fortunately for my research I have very few farmers so I won't be distracted much.
    Fran @travelgenee from the TravelGenee Blog

  3. I have not looked for farmers per se in any source specific to farming. It's a good idea though.
    Visiting from AtoZ
    Jollett Etc.


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