Welcome to Trade Union Ancestors

Discover your family history in the trade union movement

The scale of the British trade union movement is astounding. Tens of millions of people have been members, and 5,000 trade unions are known to have existed at one time or another.

The historic union records that survive illuminate the working lives, daily concerns and political attitudes of our ancestors. There can be few people who, in researching their family history, do not find at least one active trade union member.

This website aims to help family historians to identify the correct union, to discover the role their ancestor played in it, and to find out more about trade union history.

This is a one-person, spare-time operation. Suggestions, corrections and additions are welcome, but I cannot offer one-to-one help with your research.

Trade Union Ancestors is currently being redeveloped. Please bear with me while work is under way.

Discover your family history in the trade union movement