Spellweaver Canal and River Boatmen History
For anyone interested in their canal and river boat ancestors

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Lots of fascinating information about the Black Country.
Website run by Ormskirk and District Family History Society. Useful for those whose boat families were based in this area.
Braunston has an important place in canal history, as it lies at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals.
Apart from parish register extracts of baptisms to boatmen and watermen families, there is a lot of other data here if your family lived and worked on the boats in this area. Some great photos too.
Information, maps and history of the Bridgewater Canal.
Includes details of the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. The Museum can be contacted by phone or e mail. For those unable to visit, they offer a paid for search service. I phoned them and found them really helpful, and they sent me an information pack which suggested some start points for research.
The building is now a pub restaurant, but the site includes a history of Fellows, Morton and Clayton
Description of a number of English canal routes - also some great canal photos
Full of useful information about canals, boats and boatmen history.
The link is to the article about the death of Charles Moston, but there is other information here of interest about Chester in general and the canal there specifically, and maps which are helpful for those who don't know the area.
A new site with data on the Chesterfield Canal, which was one of Brindley's earliest.
What it says on the tin. Register of canal boats 1879 to 1936.
Much of interest here, including some genealogy links. Well worth a look.
History of Gloucester Docks including some data on the Tonks family of boatmen.
Includes information on the canal, and the "Tom Puddings". Also a link to the Waterways Museum in the area.
Useful resource for those researching Essex ancestors
Lots of useful and fascinating data here. One I'd recommend!
Canal historian.
Promoting the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Good information source for family researchers, and also a great place to visit - particularly for those of us who live a long way from Ellesmere Port!
Information about canals in Northamptonshire, including some great photos of canals and canal folk.
Lots of old photographs of interest here. The Glamorganshire Canal in pictures.
Information on canals in Warwickshire, and some terrific photographs.
A website for those who have docklands ancestors. Full of useful information.
Canals in Yorkshire, including lots of photos of the various canal routes. Interesting and informative.
Pick "Theme Explorer" then "Transport and communications" Lots of canal pictures
Somewhere I know rather well! Spent many a happy hour walking along the canal towpath! I also recall it freezing solid one winter when I must have been about 6, and my Mum letting me walk on it - at the edges at least.... It was odd to be able to see the waterweed still moving under the ice.
Lots of information of interest on the Rochdale Canal, including a history section.
Information about canals and canal walks, with some great photos.
An interesting read, with a few family histories included. Not to be missed!
For anyone whose ancestors worked on the narrowboats in the Midlands, this is an incredibly useful site. Wolverhampton was a hub for canal families, and many recorded the births of their children or married there, even if they were living on board their boats. There is a searchable database of parish record entries, plus material from surrounding areas such as Willenhall and Bilston. In addition there is a database of burials at Merridale Cemetery. Often cause of death is included in these burial records, and that too can make for interesting reading.