BEGGS family and paper industry
I have just started my family tree journey. I am looking at my father's family first, and decided to follow his maternal family line. His mother was born in Kent to parents from Ayrshire. My great-grandfather was ROBERT BEGGS, and he would have been born somewhere around the 1860-1870s. I have a beautiful sepia photo of granny on her father's knee - she looks around 5 at the time, it would have been around the turn of the century, and she was dressed in a velvet and lace frock with button-up boots. Her father was dressed in suit and tie.
The interest for me is that this family subsequently spread around. There are family shoots in Antrim and Canada, but I go back to the paper industry to try and find out more. If Robert was just a paper mill worker he wouldn't have necessarily travelled from Ayrshire to Kent, to Northern Ireland and finally Yorkshire (where granny met my grandad, THOMAS ROBERT HALL). My father believes Robert must have held a more important role, one of managerial level. How do I go about getting into that kind of information, 150 years later?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has access to information about the paper industry in the UK in the latter quarter of the 19th century. This is the first step for me in a long journey, and I know it will be interesting to see the Beggs family tree open out before me.