Engineering your family history

Discover more of your family history with help from the IET Archives

Are you interested in the history of engineering and how engineers' education has developed, or wish to confirm if a family member was an engineer?  If so, our extensive range of records listed below may help.


Learn more about the Electrical Engineers records on Ancestry          Photograph of a seated portrait of Francis Hughes Webb, Secretary of the Society of Telegraph Engineers, with a child c1890
The IET Archives and Ancestry have worked together to create a fantastic database of the membership forms and printed lists of members from 1871-1930. It also includes biographical information and service histories from the IEE World War I Roll of Honour. These records are fully searchable and images can be downloaded. Click on the link above to find out more.  

Family history records at the IET Archives                                                              
A guide written to identify the relevant source material held at the IET Archives to assist those researching their family history. 

Get familiar with your engineering past - research leaflet
(PDF (250k) Updated December 2014)
This illustrated leaflet was created to highlight some of the records we hold at the IET Archives that can help with family history research. Click on the link above to download the PDF version.
   Photograph of workers and engineers on the Uhl River Scheme, Punjab c1930s

Membership forms 
If you would like to know whether someone was a member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers or its predecessor the Institution of Electrical Engineers take a look at the membership forms index from 1871-1901.


Index of member obituaries
An index of names compiled by the IET Archives. They refer to a printed obituary that has been published in one of the IET's various journals.


Index of biographies
An index of names of eminent 19th century electrical engineers, located in: 'The Blue Book' series (electrical trades directory from 1883) and Secondary Files, a collection of published material held in the Archives.


World War I Roll of Honour Index                                                   Portrait of Corporal R P Hulton from the Divisional Engineers, Royal Naval Division taken from the IET WWI Roll of Honour
An Index of names from the IEE World War I Roll of Honour. Each name listed has a brief biography and some have accompanying portraits. These records have now been digitised by Ancestry and are fully searchable. See the link above on how to access them. 


There is also a related article about the IET Archives' World War 1 Roll of Honour describing how we came in to its possession and detailing the story of Lance-Sergeant Edgar Hoyle. 


In addition to the record sources listed above there are photographs, films and portraits of our members. These can be searched on the IET Archives online catalogue.