OUT MAY 30TH 2016
Unearthing Family Tree Mysteries
Pen and Sword Books, 2016
Find out how to reconstruct family stories using censuses, birth, marriage and death certificates, songs, passports, passenger lists, trade directories, antiques, diaries, funeral bills, recipe books and many other unusual sources.
A fascinating start to your family history research!
The intriguing characters in these real family history mysteries include an agricultural labourer who left secrets behind in Somerset when he migrated to Manchester, a working-class woman who bafflingly lost ten of her fourteen children in infancy, a miner who purportedly went to ‘live with the Red Indians’ and a merchant prince of the Empire who was rumoured to have two wives. This book shows how a variety of sources including birth, marriage and death certificates, censuses, newspaper reports, passports, recipe books, trade directories, diaries and passenger lists were all used to uncover more, and how much can be detected by setting the characters from your family tree in their proper historical backgrounds.
[NB: This book is an updated reprint of my earlier Stories From Your Family Tree: Researching Ancestors Within Living Memory (The History Press, 2008)]
The Liverpool Blitz of May 1941 - revealed through a schoolboy diary
Washwomen in Wigan - revealed in their inherited songs
Lodgers in Manchester's back-to-back housing - revealed through the census
Lancashire miners who migrated to the USA revealed through passenger lists
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