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Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood (Paperback)

Family History

By Sue Wilkes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781781591666
Published: 2nd September 2013

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Every family historian has child ancestors, and childhood experiences and records are an essential aspect of research into a past life. That is why Sue Wilkes's detailed and accessible handbook is such a useful guide for anyone who is trying to find out about the early years of their forbears.

n Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood she explores the history of childhood and education and brings together information about relevant records and archives into one handy reference guide. She outlines ancestors' childhood experiences at home, school, work and in institutions, especially during Victorian times.

In the opening chapter she reviews basic family history sources, then she discusses records of childhood in detail. Specialist archives, published sources, recommended reading and other resources and documents are covered. She focuses primarily on England and Wales and covers the years 1750–1950.

The second part of her book is a directory of archives and specialist repositories. Databases of children's societies, useful genealogy websites, and places to visit which bring the social history of childhood to life are all included.

As seen in Discover Your History Magazine.

Sue Wilkes author article on childhood records as featured in

WDYTYA? Magazine, April 2017

As featured in part of 'further reading'

Your Family History, September 2016

As referenced in

Who Do You Think You Are? - February 2016

As seen in...

Family Tree

As mentioned in.

Your Family Tree 2015

This detailed book will help to provide a broad brush picture of your life for your ancestors as children in a particular period.
Definitely one for your bookshelf to dip into now and in the future as a reference source.

Federation of Family History Societies

An excellent research guide.

Bristol and Avon FHS

Northwich author Sue Wilkes' book looks at how we can discover more about the childhood of our forebears. That opens the door to some fascinating social history...This book is a good primer, explaining the basics of researching history, but then going into detail about lines of inquiry specific to children, from school records to hospital admissions to wartime evacuation records. Appendices list archives and repositories, plus many useful websites which may help with your quest.

Cheshire Life

“Detailed and accessible handbook and a useful guide for anyone who is trying to find out about the early years of their forbears”
“She explores the history of childhood and education and brings together information about relevant records and archives into one handy reference guide”
“Reviews basic family history sources and discusses records of childhood in detail. Specialist archives, published sources, recommended reading and other resources and documents are covered.”

Kent Family History Society Journal Vol 14, No.1

Pulling off the now fashionable - and it must be said, deeply satisfying - meshing of the two genres of social history and genealogy with aplomb. Vibrantly wittten.

BBC Who Do You Think You Are?

Explores our ancestors' childhood experiences at home, school and work. It contains a directory of archives and useful resources to help with your own research.

Discover Your History

Vibrantly written, peppered with examples and case studies. An unrivalled resource pack for the family historian.

Who Do You Think You Are?
 Sue Wilkes

About Sue Wilkes

Sue Wilkes is an established expert on our industrial heritage and a well-known family historian. She has contributed many articles to history and family history magazines, including BBC Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC History, Discover Your Ancestors, Your Family Tree, and Jane Austen’s Regency World.



Sue is the author of eight books: Regency Spies (Pen & Sword, 2015), A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England (Pen & Sword, 2014), Tracing Your Ancestors’ Childhood (Pen & Sword, 2013), Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2012), The Children History Forgot (Robert Hale, 2011), Tracing Your Canal Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2011), Regency Cheshire (Robert Hale, 2009) and Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Revolution in Lancashire (History Press, 2008).

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