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Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors (Paperback)

Family History

By Gill Blanchard
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844159895
Published: 16th July 2009
Last Released: 8th June 2009



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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 a fascinating 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 region's development over the centuries.
Her account highlights East Anglia's diversity but also focuses on its common features and its strong sense of identity. She starts with a general introduction to its history and geography, then goes on to focus on different aspects of its rich past. In the process she illustrates a wide array of additional research resources that will be revealing for readers who want to find out more about all aspects of life in this area of England.

The guide to East Anglian ancestors by Gill Blanchard, an experienced family and local historian...attempt[s] to direct genealogists beyond the basic records by providing them with a general account of the region...topic by topic, and by noting the variety of records that are available for research. This is a book for those who have constructed a family tree and now want to put some human flesh on dried bones.


A very readable guide to research in East Anglia which also gives a history of the area.

Genealogists Magazine

although aimed primarily at those interested in East Anglian ancestors has much to offer the general reader with an interest in genealogy and is of use both to the beginner and the more experienced researcher.

Mid Norfolk Family History Society

What I liked especially was that each chapter had sections on where to go to find out more about each subject and where to visit to bring it to life e.g. museums and exhibitions.

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