General History

Family History


Over fifty volumes are now available in Pen & Sword’s family history series, which makes it one of the largest and most influential published in Britain. Since the first books appeared ten years ago, the range of topics has grown to the point where almost every aspect of the subject is covered.
There are volumes on the most important types of records for family historians and guides to the family history of the British regions and principal cities. Also included are introductions to the armed services and the world wars, to types of work, and to the major industries and professions.
Each book offers an accessible introduction to the subject and detailed advice on the historical and genealogical sources family historians can use to find out about the lives and times of their ancestors.
The series is essential reading for newcomers who are beginning to explore this fascinating subject and a valuable resource for experienced researchers.



This practical and informative handbook is an ideal guide to the struggle for the Gallipoli peninsula and the stories of the men who took part in it. Furthermore, it is a fascinating introduction to researching the Great War as a whole.

Essence Magazine

If you've been using the parish baptism, marriage and burial registers for your family history research, but would now like to explore the range of parish records more fully, this is the guide for you. A hugely useful book.

Family Tree

Looks at the different perspectives of those who have been involved in adoption, including the children, their birth relatives, the adoptive families and all the agencies and organisations concerned.

North Wales Pioneer

What really comes through is Gill's enthusiasm and passion, both for family history and writing. And that makes for an inspirational and very useful book. This is not a highbrow academic piece; it's a down to Earth, practical guide for you and I. It is quite literally packed with valuable tips and exercises and is almost a mini-course in writing your family history. Gill is not content to simply to tell you about writing your family history, she wants you to pick up your pen or pencil and start writing.

Bedfordshire Family History Society

The second and extensively revised edition of a highly successful book - one of the best in the Pen & Sword series of subject-specific handbooks for family historians. It is illustrated with many real life examples, often from the Royden family archives, and is a model of its kind and thoroughly recommended.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine