Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your London Ancestors by Dr Jonathan Oates

Tracing Your London Ancestors
Tracing Your London Ancestors (9 reviews)
A Guide for Family Historians
by Dr Jonathan Oates
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
London Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
192 pages
ISBN: 9781848841307
Published: 21 February 2011
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London is a key site for family historians. Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads to London or through it. Yet, despite the burgeoning interest in genealogy and the importance of London in so many life stories, few previous books have explored the city’s history or provided guidance on the research resources family historians can use to discover the life of a London ancestor. This is the purpose of Jonathan Oates’s invaluable handbook.

In a series of short, information-packed chapters he describes the principal record offices, archives, libraries and other sources researchers can go to, and shows how Londoners can be tracked through censuses, registers and directories over the last 500 years. Then he explores key aspects of London’s history from a family historian’s point of view. Crime, religion and education - and the body of evidence associated with them - are covered, as is the historical trail left by taxation, health, welfare, work and business. He looks also at the military and wartime records available in the city, and at the records of immigrant communities who have had such a notable impact on the development of the capital.

Each section introduces the reader to the relevant sources, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice on how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not-so-distant relatives.
Product Reviews
Researching London ancestry is complex but this comprehensive handbook interspersed with examples and illustrations will help you unravel the threads and point you in the right direction.
Essex Family Historian, March 2012
Each section introduces the reader to the relevant sources, indicates where they can be found, and offers essential advice on how this information can be used to piece together the lives of distant and not-so-distant... [read full review]
Kent Family History Society, Sept 2011
Tracing Your London Ancestors is a handy guide through the complexities of public records, from those of obscure taxes that were levied on everything from ships to hearths, through those to private schools and the... [read full review]
Janis Blower from The Shields Gazette
Tracing your London Ancestors/ Tracing your East End Ancestors

These two new titles from Pen and Sword will be useful reference books for London research. Jonathan Oates will guide you through the resources... [read full review]

Family Tree Magazine, June 2011
London has dominated Britain for the last 2,000 years. Even in late Roman times it's believed to have had a hefty population of around 50,000 people, while now it's somewhere between seven and 14... [read full review]
Your Family Tree June 2011
This comprehensive look at finding your London ancestors is written by the Archivist of the London Borough of Hounslow, whose vast experience can help us find those elusive ancestors who settled, or just passed through... [read full review]
West Middlesex Family History Society
It starts with a brief history of London, and continues with an account of lists of Londoners that are easy to access, such as the census, directories and electoral registers. It continues thematically through... [read full review]
British Association for Local History
Many people have been born in, lived in or passed through London, perhaps about one fifth of the population. With this vast number there is sure to be someone in your family tree who is... [read full review]
For many of us, tracing our ancestors involves painstakingly searching through the birth, marriage and death records widely available, usually getting little more from them than dates, occupations and a few names.

But a... [read full review]

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About Dr Jonathan Oates
Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London, Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s, Unsolved London Murders: The 1940s and 1950s and Attack on London. He is also an authority on the Jacobite rebellions of 1714 and 1745 and recently published "Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45".
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