Pen and Sword Books: Family Matters by Michael Sharpe

Family Matters
Family Matters (8 reviews)
A History of Genealogy
by Michael Sharpe
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
240 pages
ISBN: 9781848845596
Published: 26 October 2011
Get this title for just £16.99 by becoming a Platinum Member. Whats this?
+£4 UK Delivery or free delivery if order is over £30
(click here for international delivery rates)
add to wishlist
Family history is one of Britain's most popular pastimes. Around six million people in Britain are researching their family trees, and genealogy is one of the top categories for online searches. The opening up of public records, the growth of family history societies and the introduction of computers and the internet have made the subject accessible to everyone.

As a popular history of the subject, rather than yet another 'how to' guide, Family Matters puts the study of family history itself into a historical and social context. The book traces the rise of genealogy from an esoteric interest of gentlemen and scholars to a mainstream hobby enjoyed by millions. It describes in vivid detail the landmark events and the personalities behind them, telling the story of the evolution of family history through the eyes of those involved. It also looks forward to some of the challenges facing family history in the future, as a result of factors such as commercialisation, legislation and new technologies. This original and highly readable work offers a fresh perspective on an activity that is not just a fast-growing leisure pursuit but also a rapidly expanding business sector and an important field for public policy.

Family Matters will be fascinating reading for family and local history enthusiasts, providing them with an engaging account of
the development of their favourite pastime. It will also appeal to social historians and to everyone who is interested in the role of public information and archives in popular culture.
Product Reviews
If you want to learn how our, now popular, recreational activity has evolved over the years or wish to explore the role of public information and archives in the current economic and cultural climate, then... [read full review]
Essex Family Historian
…has written a readable account of how the centuries-old genteel pursuit of the genealogy of the landed and professional classes was transformed in recent times by an explosion of interest in democratic family history among... [read full review]
The Local Historian
excellent and fascinating account of how genealogy emerged from a scholarly activity in service to the nobility
Family tree
The author recounts the growth of genealogy and presents the subject in both its historic and social context. He describes the development of ‘family history’ from being something of an academic interest amongst the gentry... [read full review]
Bristol & Avon Family History Society, March 2012
This interesting book opens by considering why researchers investigate their past. Sharpe shows that prior to family history becoming a mainstream hobby, it was often pursued for reasons of religion, or to prove an entitlement... [read full review]
Family History Monthly, March 2012
Getting away from this 'how to' format, this refreshing title from Michael Sharpe instead puts the study of family history in the spotlight. He traces its growth from its scholarly and gentlemanly roots to the... [read full review]
Family Tree, March 2012
This one looks an absolute cracker! It’s a hardback book at £19.99 providing an account of the history of what I and many others do for a living, and one that as a former... [read full review]
Chris Paton, British Genes Blog
His original and highly readable work offers a fresh perspective on an activity that Is not just a fast-growing leisure pursuit but also a rapidly expanding business sector and an important field for public policy.
Kent Family History Society Journal, Dec 2011
Customer Reviews
Register now to post your own review and get a £1 voucher for every review you submit!
Perfect Partner
Family History on the Internet
Family History on the Internet
Our Price: £6.99
Add to Basket Add to Basket

About Michael Sharpe
Michael Sharpe is an independent family history writer, researcher and lecturer who has been working in the field since 1984. He is a member of the Society of Genealogists and of several local family history societies. Family Matters is the result of years of research in national and regional archives and interviews with leading figures in British genealogy, including family history organisations, businesses and public bodies.

Go to: