Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors by Michael Pearson

Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors
Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors (9 reviews)
by Michael Pearson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Paperback
194 pages
ISBN: 9781844159130
Published: 2 October 2012
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The Black Country in the West Midlands is an important site for family historians. Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads through it. And yet, despite the burgeoning interest in genealogy and the importance of the region in so many life stories, no previous book has provided a guide to the Black Country's history and to the documents and records that family historians can use in their research.

In this accessible and informative introduction to the subject, Michael Pearson looks at the history and heritage of the region and gives a graphic insight into the world in which our ancestors lived. He concentrates on the role the Black Country played during the industrial revolution when the development of mining, industry and transport transformed the economic and social life of the area. This was a period when living and working conditions were poor, families were large, children worked from an early age, often in the mines, and life expectancy was less than 20. And it was the era in which the Black Country took on the distinctive identity by which it is known today.

As well as retelling the fascinating story of the development of the Black Country, the author introduces the reader to the variety of records that are available for genealogical research, from legal and ecclesiastical archives, birth and death certificates to the records of local government, employers, institutions, clubs, societies and schools.
Product Reviews
The Black Country is a relatively small area, but its unique heritage culture and dialect warrant further attention from historians. The region is geographical rather than administrative, which can prove nightmarish for the family historian... [read full review]
Emma Jolly, Genealogic Blog
This area is, very roughly, that part of England bounded by Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham and Dudley with an industrial diversity that included coalmining, glassmaking, nail and chain making and car production.
Journal of Glasgow and West Scotland Family History Society
This introduction to the history, heritage and genealogy record of the Black Country in the West Midlands gives a colourful insight into the area’s unique past and the lives of its inhabitants. Much like its... [read full review]
Family Tree, January 2013
The latest in Pen and Sword’s Tracing Your… series, this book fills a gap in family history bibliography. The Black Country is a relatively small area, but its unique heritage, culture and dialect warrant further... [read full review]
Genealogic Blog, Emma Jolly
The Black Country in the West Midlands is an important site for family historians. Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads through it. And yet, despite... [read full review]
Kent Family History Society Journal
Michael Pearson’s new book is sure to be a great help to those researching their Black Country ancestors. It’s an area of England that hasn’t received a great deal of genealogical attention to date –... [read full review]
Your Family History, November 2012
It wisely begins with a clear definition of where exactly the ‘Black Country’ is, while allowing for the fact that it has no official status. An included map from 1830 summarises it best, focused on... [read full review]
Your Family Tree
Within this excellent ‘local history’ are scattered references to relevant sources of information – many of them to items on the Internet – that may be of interest to Family Historians.
FFHS
They would be of great interest for anyone who had an ancestors hailing from this part of the UK.
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
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About Michael Pearson
Michael Pearson recently retired as a Police Inspector in West Midlands Police, and he worked as a policeman in Birmingham and the Black Country. His final years of service were spent working on the National Police Federation. He has long been a keen student of Black Country history. He is editor of The Blackcountryman, the quarterly journal of the Black Country Society, and he manages the Black Country Society's website. He has written many articles on aspects of the Black Country's history, and he is co-author, with David Cox, of Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths Around the Black Country.
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