Women’s lives have traditionally gone unrecorded in history. But housewives, factory girls and servants all had their own distinctive voices, and, if you know where to look, there are plenty of sources to explore.
Jennifer Newby’s guide to women's social history between 1800 and 1939 includes essential starting points for research. A useful handbook for family historians, as well as an engaging read for social history lovers, each chapter focuses on a different group, with suggestions for further reading and a helpful timeline.
Compare the lives of factory workers, middle-class women, domestic servants, criminals, aristocrats and agricultural labourers. Hear the voices of obscure women alongside those of celebrities – from rebellious servant Hannah Cullwick to daring aristocrat, Lady Colin Campbell, prostitute Ellen Reece, and bored middle-class daughter, Katherine Chorley.
If you want to trace female ancestors or simply discover more about how women lived in the past, then this book is ideal to help you get started with your own research.
This book gives detailed account of the lives of women in agricultural work, in service and in factories, with additional chapters on middle class women, aristocratic women and criminal women. Many interesting examples of each... [read full review]Genealogist’s Magazine
Women’s Lives Researching Women’s Social History is one of a series designed to enable those researching family history to go beyond the public records and the census, which often throw tantalisingly little light on women’s... [read full review]Sarah Rennie, Journal of the North East Labour History Society
Encourages family historians to go further and think about the life experience of their ancestors. Women at work are described, with the lives of middle-class, aristocratic and criminal women, and sources that can be accessed... [read full review]Local Historian magazine
Jennifer Newby tackles this subject in a readable way, bringing it alive in every aspect.: domestic service, on the land, in the factories, middle class women, aristocratic women, and criminal women. In each of these... [read full review]Ryedale Gazette And Herald, May 2012
The author presents an insight into women’s lives in Britain in a variety of careers and situation. The six main chapters deal with women in domestic service, those working on the land, those working in... [read full review]Bristol & Avon Family History Society, March 2012
Jennifer Newby’s guide to women’s social history between 1800 and 1939 includes essential starting points for research. A useful handbook for family historians, as well as an engaging read for social history lovers, each chapter... [read full review]Kent Family History Society Journal, March 2012
This handy guide reminds us of places where women are to be found, if only we look.Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
In the past, women were less likely to literate than men, their career options were far more limited and they were rarely financially independent – so it’s no wonder that the history books are full... [read full review]Womens Weekly, Jan 2012
This gives an interesting window into women’s lives and careers from 1800 to 1939. Newby provides an engaging read for social history lovers, and a useful handbook for family historians.Scotland Magazine, Jan 2012
The book is laid out clearly and is presented and structured with the researcher in mind. Someone looking for information on a particular topic can quickly turn to the relevant section. This is an excellent... [read full review]Federation of Family History Societies
An author from Knaresborough has written a book looking at women’s lives through history. Jennifer Newby who was brought up in the town, focused on social history between 1800 and 1930 after finding the... [read full review]Harrogate Advertiser, 9th Dec
Drawing on delightful original sources, Jennifer brings 19th and early 20th century women to life and helps you put those in your female line into context, whether they were factory workers, Land Girls, aristocrats or... [read full review]Family History Monthly, Hollie Bond, Dec 2011
Answer the following question for a chance to win a copy of Women's Lives by Jennifer Newby, editor of Family History Monthly magazine. Published by Pen and Sword, this is a brilliant research guide for... [read full review]Find My Past, Online Newsletter Competition, 01/12/11
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About Jennifer Newby
Jennifer Newby is the editor of Family History Monthly magazine, and previously worked on Ancestors magazine, at The National Archives. You can read other women's history pieces by Jennifer on her website: www.writingwomenshistory.co.uk