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Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family & Local Historians

Family History World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By Ian Maxwell
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9781473867215
Published: 16th February 2017


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Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors is a volume in the series of city ancestral guides published by Pen & Sword for readers and researchers who want to find out about life in Glasgow in the past and to know where the key sources for its history can be found. In vivid detail it describes the rise of Glasgow through tobacco, shipping, manufacturing and trade from a minor cathedral town to the cosmopolitan centre of the present day.
Ian Maxwells book focuses on the lives of the local people both rich and poor and on their experience as Glasgow developed around them. It looks at their living conditions, at health and the ravages of disease, at the influence of religion and migration and education. It is the story of the Irish and Highland migrants, Quakers, Jews, Irish, Italians, and more recently people from the Caribbean, South-Asia and China who have made Glasgow their home.
A wealth of information on the city and its people is available, and Glasgow Ancestors is an essential guide for anyone researching its history or the life of an individual ancestor. institutions, clubs, societies and schools.

A useful and moderately priced guide for both local historians and genealogists.
Much of the contents would be of interest to any
reader pursuing Scottish family history.

Reference Reviews

This book is well written and a must for anyone with ancestors in Glasgow or the surrounding communities. However, it also has wider appeal for others with Scottish ancestors because it includes a description of the national records (such as taxation records). If your ancestors live in another Scottish burgh this inclusion will certainly indicate and explain what records may be available for your community.

Family Genealogy Society

This book is one I wish I had ahead of my recent research trip. It provides a wealth of information about the records, where they can be found, the information they contain and how to access them.

British Connections Vol. 18

Dr Maxwell gives an excellent potted history of the city and its growth and development.

Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS

The book will be useful for those with Glaswegian ancestors.

WDYTYA? magazine, June 2017 - reviewed by Chris Paton

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History Scotland, May 2017

When we were compiling the first part of our family tree (using Ancestry.co.uk - FindMyPast is extremely poor by comparison) a year or so ago, we ran into problems with the Scottish side of our research, and we still haven't completed it. This latest volume in Pen and Sword's magnificent genealogy series provides a nuber of clues as to how to proceed - obviously this particular title concentrates on the Glasgow area, but the suggestions are still pertinent and the approach to Scottish records is superb. A must-have for your family tree library.

Books Monthly

About Ian Maxwell

Dr Ian Maxwell, a former record officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, is now a freelance writer and a leading expert on Irish genealogy. He conducts courses on genealogy throughout Northern Ireland and he is a regular speaker at genealogical conferences in Belfast and Dublin. He writes articles regularly for Family Tree and Who Do You Think You Are? magazines on Irish, Scottish and English social history and genealogy. His previous publications include Your Irish Ancestors, Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors.

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