Many people moved from the south of England to the north in search of work. However, the grim reality was that the poor still existed and this was not the land of plenty that some people were led to believe. Take a browse of the books that are available to you that explain the history of the north of England, how the canal network was set up – did your ancestor work on the Bridgewater Canal? Maybe you would like to find out from the maps available where he travelled to.
There are also many family history reference books available, so if you are in need of where to find historical sources for the Anglo-Boer War or how to undertake research of your 20th century ancestors, look at the links below.