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Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk (ePub)

A Guide For Family Historians

Family History World History

By Gill Blanchard
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
File Size: 16.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 229
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781473860018
Published: 16th April 2018


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In September 2019, author Gill Blanchard will host the first Family History River Cruise in association with Family Tree magazine. Throughout the cruise, Gill will host several sessions and interactive activities on topics including essential records, information about DNA testing, how to use online resources, visiting archives and your next steps! Find out more via www.family-tree.co.uk

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Gill Blanchard's practical and informative handbook will help you to trace your ancestors in the traditional counties of East Anglia Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and it will give you an insight into their lives. As well as guiding the researcher to historical records held in all the relevant archives, she explores the wealth of other resources that add the 'flesh to the bones' of our ancestors' lives. She describes how fascinating information can be discovered about the places they lived in and the important historical events they lived through, and she traces the life stories of notable people from all backgrounds who shaped the regions development over the centuries. Her account highlights the diversity of this part of England but also focuses on its common features and strong sense of identity. It introduces a wide array of research resources that will be revealing for readers who want to find out about their ancestors who lived here.

As referenced in

WDYTYA? Magazine, March 2019

Author contributes to 'Tracing your family tree' feature

Let's Talk, March 2019

Especially useful for historians with ancestors living near county boundaries over which the population strayed as the counties of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk in particular share borders with Essex. The author stresses the importance of tapping local knowledge and experience to determine how your ancestors lived,worked and moved around.

Essex Family History Society

This is a very useful guide for anyone with roots in this part of the world.

Family Tree, July 2018

All in all, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with ancestors in this area.

WDYTYA?, July 2018 – reviewed by Debbie Bradley

This is not a book to rush through but to devour slowly and, having read it, to dip into various sections again and again, each time discovering more.
Not one of the many books guiding you step-by-step through the mechanics of basic research, Gill Blanchard tells how and which records can be used to “put flesh on the bones” showing how on-line and off-line research compliment each other.
On our journey through the pages we discover many interesting snippets such as Stowbridge Fair was the largest in Europe and believed to be John Bunyon’s inspiration for Vanity Fair in Pilgrims Progress and one of the most unusual loads carried by train was when a stuffed giraffe travelled from London to Ipswich Museum in 1909. There are tantalising glimpses of smuggling, pirates, tithe wars and a tuberculosis colony at Papworth in 1921.
At the end of each chapter are excellent sections called “Finding out More” and “Bringing it to Life” .
Containing an excellent Resources Directory, Bibliography and Index this is certainly a book to be on every family historian’s bookshelf. It definitely has a place on mine.

Norfolk Family History Society
 Gill Blanchard

About Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard, BA. MA, PGCE (PCE) has been a local historian, genealogist and house historian since 1997 and previously worked in a local record office for six years. She is the author of several books, including Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, Writing Your Family History and Tracing Your House History. She also writes regularly for national genealogy magazines and is a full member of AGRA – the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. 

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