Congratulations to all Team GB medalists but especially the Rowers who have done us proud over the last few days.
Whether your ancestor was in the Olympics or not, it is hoped that this series of articles which first appeared in the Genealogists’ Magazine will give you an insight into some of the sources we hold in the library to help you trace sporting forbears. If you have any relevant books on sportspeople that you would like to donate to our collection they would be gratefully received. The SoG shelf mark for each item is noted within square brackets at the end of the title
Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services
Sporting ancestors part 3: Rowing
A particularly useful resource in the Society of Genealogists Library is a list of Obituaries in the Rowing Almanack [by date of birth & by surname 1887, 1895, 1899-1900, 1903-04, 1906-07, 1909, 1911-15, 1921-23, 1926, 1978, 1980-81, 1983] compiled by C J Cracknell [PR/SPO]. This index (in both alphabetical and chronological order) gives the rowers’ date of death, age, and the year in which their obituary appears , although the library does not hold the almanac itself.
For individual rowing clubs the library holds A short history of the Gainsborough Rowing Club, 1863-1923 [LI/L 11]. The Oxford & Cambridge boat race 1829-1953 [UNI/OXF] gives a full listing of all blues who have rowed in the race.