Monday, 30 May 2016

Trade Journals

Trade journals or magazines are another place to look for your ancestors. You get a good sense of what is going on in the industry and any new developments made. They often give names of those who received promotions, employees hired or retired, married or deceased.

Relevant Links

American soap journal and manufacturing 1900

The foundry trade journal, 1902

Stone Cutters Journal

The Mine, Quarry and Metallurgical Record of the United States, Canada and Mexico

The Merchant's Magazine and Commercial Review

Anglo-Swedish trade journal, 1908

Automobile trade journal, 1896

The Referee & Cycle trade journal 1895

The American Florist: a weekly journal for the trade (various 1887-1922)

The Canadian Druggist monthly journal

Iron.  An illustrated weekly journal for iron and steel manufacturers, metallurgists, mine proprietors, engineers, shipbuilders, scientists, capitalists

The Chemical Trade Journal, UK

Machinists Monthly Journal

List of Canadian Trade Journals (hardware, grocery, etc Eng and Fr)

Frisco Employees Magazine, 1925


  1. This is a great idea, Dianne. I know many of my ancestors' occupations, but had not thought to look in trade journals. Will look for similar journals in the U.S. for areas where my ancestors lived and worked.

    1. Thanks Molly. Wish you a successful search!

  2. I hope others find this list. What a clever idea to learn about an occupation even if the journal doesn't name your ancestor specifically.

    1. Yes. At the very least innovations in the industry and perhaps some co-workers mentioned.


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