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New Occupational Records reveal biographical details of those in The Arts

- Find out more about ancestors who were writers, artists, actors and more


A new release of records by family history website TheGenealogist allows English, Scottish and Welsh family historians to discover useful information on a myriad of people. From ancestors who were writers, artists, actors and many other professions, this collection opens up the lives of these people for the researcher. 


Using entries recorded in a number of biographical resources Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist can fill in gaps with tantalising facts about the person. Facts which can lead on to all sorts of other records and avenues for investigation.


[Biographical Records from TheGenealogist]


The name rich resources that make up this release augment TheGenealogist’s already extensive Occupational Records. Fully searchable by name or keyword from TheGenealogist’s Master Search, the new records come from a variety of publications, including:

  • Contemporary Biographies at the Opening of the 20th Century, Volume I
  • Contemporary Biographies at the Opening of the 20th Century Volume II
  • The Green Room Book 1907
  • The Dramatic List 1879
  • The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 1908
  • The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography 1863

Researchers can use these records to fill in gaps in the lives of individuals, discover stories and anecdotes about the person, read facts which may lead you on to research other records and point you towards more avenues for investigation.

To learn more about how this collection of records helped us in the research of A Child Actress who Managed The Prince of Wales’s Royal Theatre read our article here:



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New Who’s Who records added to the occupational records on TheGenealogist


TheGenealogist has released New Who’s Who records into its expanding Occupational Records adding nearly a hundred thousand additional individuals. This release includes records covering individuals from all over England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand and further afield.

The records can be used to discover more about an ancestor’s achievements and are fantastic for identifying where next to apply your research. Who’s Who records will confirm birth dates and sometimes the place of birth. Often they give a father’s name and occupation and a great deal more useful information that may help to build a better family history.


Use these records to: 

  • Add details to the lives of your ancestors
  • Discover their accomplishments
  • Fill in gaps in the information that you already have on an ancestor
  • Find other records and places to search for forebears.


These records will often allow us to recount a much more rounded picture of the life of a person and so enrich the telling of their story.


This latest release expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Occupational records collection that includes actors, apprentices, clergy, crew lists, directors, flight, freemen, law, railway, sports, teachers and biographies as well as a number of other Who’s Who books. 


You can read TheGenealogist’s article: Who, What, Where, When? - Discovering Who's Who at: 



The records included in this release are: 

Who's Who in 1880

Who's Who 1899

Who's Who in Canada 1927

Cheshire Who's Who, 1910

Cox's County Who's Who Series. Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire, 1912

Cricket Who's Who, The Cricket Blue Book 1911

Who's Who in Hampshire 1935

Who's Who and Industrial Directory of the Irish Free State 1935

Who's Who in Kent, Surrey and Sussex 1911

Who's Who in Literature 1931

Masonic Who's Who 1926

The Methodist Who's Who 1913

Who's Who in New Zealand 1925

Who's Who and Record Quarterly 1934 July-September

Who's Who in Science 1914

Who was Who 1916-1928

About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!


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