Tracing Your Ancestors' Lives (Paperback)
A Guide to Social History for Family Historians
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Tracing Your Ancestors’ Lives is not a comprehensive study of social history but instead an exploration of the various aspects of social history of particular interest to the family historian. It has been written to help researchers to go beyond the names, dates and places in their pedigree back to the time when their ancestors lived. Through the research advice, resources and case studies in the book, researchers can learn about their ancestors, their families and the society they lived in and record their stories for generations to come. Each chapter highlights an important general area of study. Topics covered include the family and society; domestic life; birth life and death; work, wages and economy; community, religion and government. Barbara J. Starmans’s handbook encourages family historians to immerse themselves more deeply in their ancestors’ time and place. Her work will give researchers a fascinating insight into what their ancestors’ lives were like.
Author interview and book reviewYour Family History, June 2017
The book is packed with case studies and offers fascinating, useful information about a diverse range of subjects, from the clothes our forebears wore to what they ate and drank, from the medicines they took to how they spent their leisure time. The result is a valuable overview.
Read it for: a rich exploration of social history aimed specifically at family historians
Packed with case studies, and ideas and suggestions for investigations that you can make into your own research, this is a very practical and thought-provoking read - one that is sure to improve your genealogy skills and help you get even more enjoyment out of your family history.Family Tree, July 2017 – reviewed by Helen Tovey
This book takes a step back and offers practical and sensible advice for anyone starting out on the richly rewarding road to tracing your ancestors. I find these books incredibly useful, and they often come up with suggestions for further research that would not occur to an amateur like me.Books Monthy, June 2017 - reviewed by Paul Norman
As featured in the books 'In brief' sectionFamily Tree, June 2017
'This is a masterly and well written book, which holds an abundance of information for those ancestry sleuths who would wish to take their findings one or more steps further, not just in time, but in depth and understanding of the lives of those who came before us and without whom we would not exist.'On Yorkshire Magazine
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The landscape and people are the two most distinctive qualities of the Yorkshire Dales, and this book employs new sources and methods to help the reader see both in a different light. In earlier centuries, religious and social factors influenced the first names that were given to children. Distinctive surnames were inherited, and their expansion or decline can throw light on local communities, on migration and population growth. Place-names emerged from regional and customary practices that illuminate topography, husbandry, mining, communications and much more. The book also uses material from…By Dr George Francklin Redmonds
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