Why are these records so important? I think these records are important because they
show the way that British skills developed. Really from the Tudor times right down to the middle of the 19th Century. And what do we see from these records? Well the records themselves are about the financial deal that took place between the mum and dad who wanted their kids to be an apprentice and the boss who was going to take them on as an apprentice. The mum and dad would give this boss some
money, often really a lot of money and the boss would promise to look after
the kid for seven, maybe nine years and train, usually him, but sometimes her, up. So what must life have been like for these workers? If you had a good boss, they would take you into their house and look after you, you were really taken
over by the boss, body and soul. Which was fine is they treated you as a member of the family but often as you can imagine they were really badly exploited but at the end of the day, you had a skill and
you had a skill that was a really really valuable one. In these fascinating records you’ll discover what trade your ancestors had, when they started and finished, you will also find
out details about their master and their address. You might want to find out more about them
considering they spent so much time together. There will be some family history information as well, parents details were often recorded.