Mark Crail
editor, writer and researcher

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Mark Crail

I am an editor, writer and researcher with more than 25 years' experience in print and online.

My main areas of expertise are:
• Work, employment, and HR management – with a good understanding of HR policies and practices, HR benchmarks and employment law.
• Social and family history – particularly related to work, labour movement and trade union history, and Chartism.

Running teams of up to 20 staff writers at a time, I have edited weekly and monthly magazines, one-off reports and both business and consumer websites.

I trained as a news reporter on local newspapers, and have a wide range of experience of different writing styles ranging from consumer magazines to business publications.

I have organised, analysed and written up numerous surveys, both in print and online. And I am an experienced user of the National Archives and other records offices.

I am a member of the National Union of Journalists, and hold the National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification in newspaper journalism.

I am the author of
Tracing Your Labour Movement Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Pen & Sword Books, 2009)

I have recently written for
A high-value, high-end web service for HR practitioners incorporating IRS Employment Review and other IRS titles. I work here as head of salary surveys and data benchmarking services.

A monthly magazine for local and family historians published by the National Archives. My articles include a guide to workhouse employees and an account of an Edwardian music hall strike.

Your Family Tree
A monthly magazine for family historians. I have written guides to finding and using information on business, trade union and political party records.

I run these websites
Chartist Ancestors
Trade Union Ancestors



My latest work

Chartist Ancestors






© Mark Crail 2008, 2009, email me