Yesterday, Ancestry announced a new record set in their Occupations and Education Collections…. the UK Engineers Records now include lists and membership forms for Electrical Engineers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ancestry invites you to ‘discover some of Britain’s greatest minds, and find out if your ancestors are among them…. you could find out where your relatives lived, when they joined the Institute and the jobs they did before becoming a member…. plus, see the signatures of the engineers who recommended them.’
Examples of super finds in the records include Mr Lionel Frederick Gosling and his Electrical Engineer Membership Form of 1891:
Lionel was of Puttenham Priory, Guildford and the form details his instruction at the School of Electrical Engineering at 12 Princes St, Han[over] Sq[uare] W[est].
The Institution of Engineering and Technology was founded in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers and later became the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The Electrical Engineers lists (1871-1930) collection includes printed annual lists with the names of members, their level of membership, and current working address …. and that address is not always in the UK as I found for two Maunder name bearers in 1918:
Another record to have a good ol’ ferret around in …. Go on! You know you want to.