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Tracing Your Georgian Ancestors 1714-1837 (Paperback)

A Guide for Family Historians

British History Family History Social History Georgian Era

By John Wintrip
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781526704221
Published: 5th March 2018

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The Georgian period – 1714 to 1837 – was a key stage in our modern history so some understanding of it is essential for family historians who want to push their research back into the eighteenth century and beyond, and John Wintrip's handbook is an invaluable introduction to it. In a sequence of concise, insightful chapters he focuses on those aspects of the period that are particularly relevant to genealogical research and he presents a detailed guide to the variety of sources that readers can consult as they pursue their research.

While fewer sources are available than for more recent history, obstacles in the way of further research can often be overcome through knowledge of a wide range of sources and a greater understanding the historical context, together with the use of sound research techniques. So the author provides not only a historical overview of relevant topics but he also describes the records of the period in detail.

This expert guide to researching the Georgians will open up the field for experienced researchers and for newcomers alike.

I don't think anyone who buys this book will be disappointed, whether they're a beginner or a more experienced researcher. It concentrates on documents available between 1714 and 1837 and groups them in a useful and readable way, emphasising which ones are likely to contain genealogical information.

WDYTYA?, June 2018 – reviewed by Pam Ross

This new book by John Wintrip is essentially an overview of sources that can be used to trace your ancestors in the Georgian era. This spans the years 1714, the death of Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch and the succession of King George I, to 1837, the death of King William IV and the accession of Queen Victoria and the start of Civil Registration.

It is a great starting point for researchers new to this era of research, putting the era into context of wider events in the UK and the world, and the types of records available.

There is a timeline, a very useful glossary and an excellent bibliography and index. A book full of useful snippets for the beginner as well as the more experienced family historian.

Federation of Family History Societies

John Wintrip provides a treasure trove of information on sources available for tracing ancestors in Georgian England.

Family Tree, June 2018

The book is primarily intended for those researching in England & Wales; there are a few references to Scotland and Ireland, but in the context of records that might be found there which relate to inhabitants of England or Wales. If you have English or Welsh ancestors this book is well worth buying.

Read the complete review here.

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About John Wintrip

John Wintrip became a professional genealogist following an earlier career as a science librarian in universities. He was awarded a Diploma in Genealogy by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) in 2008, has been a member of AGRA since 2009, and has carried out research for many clients both in the UK and overseas.

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