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.
P is for Prices
Even if you are not writing that your ancestor went in to town and at the general store or grocers paid 11¢ for a sack of sugar, it is still fun to know what prices were like in the 1800's and before.
On the shipping pages of some newspapers they noted what ships were coming in carrying what products and what the market price was to be.
Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser 22 April 1848
George Taytt in 1570 belonged to the Perth Guild of Bowyers. A bower was paid one Shilling for his work. It cost him about 2d for a pint of ale.
There are prices of foods and grains, hides, textiles, animals, etc. The newspapers also carry prices of passage, carting, coach, etc. Take a look at the 2 links below.
Related Posts: History of Prices
What's the Beef
Ledgers & Account Books