Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your East End Ancestors

Tracing Your East End Ancestors
Tracing Your East End Ancestors (8 reviews)
A Guide for Family Historians
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Paperback
254 pages
ISBN: 9781848841604
Published: 16 March 2011
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‘East Enders are a very special breed and tracing your East End ancestry is going to be tremendous fun. Everyone has got some East End ancestors - and if they haven’t they invent them, rollicking chaps, larky and resourceful, talking a funny language to keep “them” guessing, eating at eel and pie shops, shouting out their wares in clattering, colourful markets. Their wives and masters (“ ‘er in doors”) are brazen lassies, smart as paint, tough as their men folk, presiding over an undoubted matriarchal society where Mum rules OK? The good tales are of bright little kids, unshod and street-wise, rising above their origins and making a mint. The bad ones are of indescribable horror - children dying in diseased heaps, infant sex for sale and gangs of armed bandits terrorising the neighbourhood.’

As author Jane Cox writes in the preface, the East End of our great grandparents’ days was another world, and her fascinating and accessible guide to East End ancestry will help you find out about it. She takes readers through the maze of courts and alleys that was the home of their ancestors, bringing to life that vibrant, polyglot society, and describing the many sources researchers can consult – archives, records, books, the internet – in order to discover the lives of individuals who lived in the area or passed through it.
Product Reviews
The tight geographical focus of this book makes a real difference to its contents. Most books in this series look at a topic that isn't limited geographically, but is some other way such as service... [read full review]
History of War
“Overall, the volume provides a vibrant overview of the research possibilities in an area regarded as difficult by family historians.”
Family History Monthly, Nov 2011
Cox explores the usual major sources available to family historians, and what specifics they offer for East End research. She also takes in records for immigrant groups, various religious denominations, and Poor Law records.... [read full review]
Your Family Tree, October 2011
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
This is an excellent guide not just to the East End, but also to the vast majority of Londoners who were poor. A large proportion of family historians will come up with the need... [read full review]
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, July 2011
This starts with a case study of Tower Hamlets, before discussing research and sources, and the varied groups that made up the East End;s population. Again, this will probably be most use to family... [read full review]
British Association for Local History
People love to boast about their east end ancestors whether they actually existed or not and perhaps until recently there weren't many ways to tell if they actually did. Tracing Your East End Ancestors allows... [read full review]
John (Customer Review)
Jane Cox has already written a book on East End history, and she is an experienced genealogist. Her new book covers the area of the modern borough of Tower Hamlets, and the title page helpfully... [read full review]
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