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.
NB. This site was hacked a little while ago and some of the content replaced with clickbait and junk. Please be patient while I repair the vandalised parts of the site. And be assured that I have improved back-end security no end since it happened.
If you already know what you are looking for, I suggest you use the search box (at the top right of this page).
Alternatively you can:
- Browse using the contents page
- Look at the A – Z list of trade unions
- Consult some union histories or trade union family trees
- Find out about trade union lives
- Be entertained by some striking stories
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.