AS the story of the Niddrie family on the page today illustrates, there is a wealth of historical records out there if you know where to look.
But not just people are documented. It’s places as well.
I hope, for instance, that I was able to help a recent inquirer who was trying to trace a Shields business back to its roots a century ago.
Old trade directories are good for this kind of thing because you can see, year by year, which firms were occupying which premises and at what times.
In this instance, the search was possibly complicated by the fact that although the concern has been 100 years in the same building, the address was probably different originally – a terrace. rather than the later road of which it became part, so expect to have to do some digging sometimes.
More light is shed on this kind of thing at the monthly meeting of the South Tyneside branch of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society (NDFHS) in Shields next week.
The guest speaker is Geoff Nicholson, who will be looking at Records of South Tyneside. The meeting, on Wednesday at 7.30pm, will be in St Hilda’s Church visitor centre in the Market Place. And remember that the NDFHS are a great help if you’re starting out on your family tree or have come up against a brick wall.