A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies M is for Mining

Specialised Studies

Created by Julie Goucher using wordclouds.com March 2020

I wrote quite recently on Sicilians who worked the sulphur mines in Sicily.

In terms of the United Kingdom, over the centuries we have mined, with some success (and failings), coal, tin, copper, slate and even gold. Further afield Opal is mined in Australia as are other commodities.

We can research those individual venues or those in a geographical area, We might research a mixture of venues in order to look at the understanding of the commodity mined, rather than the people themselves, or we might look to the people themselves, whether they worked in mining or in an associated job, or they owned the mine(s) themselves.

There are many options for researchers and below I am providing a list of sites to assist that research, though the list is not exhaustive.

There are many places, countries and types of mining missed from this list. Whilst not all are lists of names and dates, they represent an opportunity to explore the occupation and people, adding context to our own family research or those in a specific study. The context provides opportunity to under the hard work and the lives deeply embedded with the occupation of mining, irrespective of what was mined and where it was mined.

Taking part in the A-Z Challenge for 2020

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies M is for Mining

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I’ll add to your list of resources. The National Museum of Wales has a large online collection of coal mining images – invaluable for anyone who wants to have a good understanding of what mines and miners looked like in nineteenth and early twentieth century. Just search on this site in the online records field https://museum.wales/curatorial/industry/coal-mining/


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