Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Shipbuilding Ancestors by Anthony Burton

Tracing Your Shipbuilding Ancestors
Tracing Your Shipbuilding Ancestors (7 reviews)
A Guide For Family Historians
by Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
144 pages
ISBN: 9781848840966
Published: 2 March 2010
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Anthony Burton's concise and informative guide to British shipbuilding will be absorbing reading for anyone who wants to learn about its history or find out about the life of a shipbuilder and his family. In a clear and accessible way he traces its development from the medieval period to its peak in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and on into the present day.

He describes how, at the height of its powers, it was of immense importance. It employed tens of thousands of workers, so a large proportion of the population today has some connection with it. And this great industry was also so widespread that wherever you move around the coast of Britain, you will never be far from a former shipbuilding centre.

This practical handbook will be an invaluable guide for family and local historians and for readers with a more general interest in shipbuilding. It introduces the variety of national and local records that are available for genealogical research and considers the many other resources that can yield fascinating information about the industry and those who worked in it.

Anthony Burton left a career in publishing in the 1960s to become a full-time writer, specializing in industrial and transport history. Among his many books are three important studies of British ships and shipbuilding: The Past Afloat, which accompanied a BBC TV series that he wrote and presented, The Rise and Fall of British Shipbuilding and The Daily Telegraph Guide to Britainís Maritime Past. Recently he has worked as the historic adviser on a TV series focusing on various aspects of industrial history, including shipbuilding, for the Discovery Channel.
Product Reviews
The book is well illustrated, easy to read, covers a lot of ground, and gives good guidance on where to search for information on your British Isles shipbuilding ancestors
Paul Milner, FGS Forum, Spring 2011
For many individuals conducting personal genealogical research or retracing their ancestral history, the task can seem daunting and tiresome, with no assurance that valuable information will come from the countless hours of research. At... [read full review]
The Northern Mariner
Well written, covering the advance in British shipbuilding and changes in construction techniques.
Covers building from wooden ships to the gradual change to iron ships.
Also contains a section on modern shipbuilding and the decline... [read full review]

Cornwall Family history Society, June 2011, Hayden G Thomas
This latest guide from Pen and Sword provides a wonderful overview of the British shipbuilding industry, and how to research ancestors who worked within it.

The author starts with a gentle overview... [read full review]

Discover my Past, England and Scotland
As a maritime nation, Britain has a long and proud history of shipbuilding. What was once a thriving industry has been in decline since the post-war period. At one time Britain stood unopposed as the... [read full review]
Your Family History
Anyone with shipbuilding ancestors wanting to find out more about the history of shipyards, or the life of a shipbuilder and his family, will find this book a great help. Shipbuilding's development is traced... [read full review]
Practical Family History
This excellent series for tracing ancestors is informative and absorbing reading for those wanting to learn more about the history of shipbuilding or to find out about the life of shipbuilders and their families across... [read full review]
Margaret Pearce, Sussex Family Historian
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