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Family History


Tracing your family history has become a popular hobby, helped by the popular tv series Who Do You Think You Are? We have a wide range of titles covering the history of coalmining, the police, crime & punishment, shipbuilding, the railway and many more.

Each of our family history books is filled with resources and contact details, as well as methods and stories that others have discovered.



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

[An] excellent publication on Jewish genealogical research.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

A great starting point for anyone who has an interest in their Scottish roots.

Scottish Field

The second edition of a best-selling book and that in itself tells us about its value. It is wide-ranging and often imaginative, particularly praiseworthy in highlighting some unusual and little-known archives, and it has a wealth of useful information. As a first-stage guide and introduction to tracing your Yorkshire forebears and, especially, to learning about the likely whereabouts of the sources you will need, it works very well indeed.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine