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Tracing Your Kent Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

Family History P&S History > Social History World History

By David Wright
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781473833456
Published: 16th May 2016



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Genealogically and historically, Kent is an important maritime county which has played a prime defensive role in English history. It is large and diverse and replete with great houses, castles and other family homes, many with their own archives. It is also a fascinating area of research for family and local historians, and David Wright’s handbook is the perfect guide to it.
For thirty-five years he has been working with the various Kent archives, and his extensive experience means he is uniquely well placed to introduce them to other researchers and show how they can be used. He summarizes the many different classes of Kent records, both national and local. For the first time he draws together the best of modern indexing and cataloguing along with other long-established sources to produce a balanced and up-to-date overview of Kentish genealogical sources – where to find them, their contents and utility to researchers.
Tracing Your Kent Ancestors is essential reading and reference for newcomers to family history, and it will be a mine of practical information for researchers who have already started to work in the field.

A very useful reference for all those with Kent ancestors

Federation of Family History Societies

Wright details the history behind the creation of the records, provides information about where the records can be located and, most importantly, shares what information each record set contains. This guide is a must have for anyone with ancestors hailing from Kent!

British Connections, issue 3, July – September 2016

David Wright's latest book of which it can confidently be said that every one interested in the local history of Kent, and especially those interested in family history, will want to have regular access to this veritable treasure trove of useful information, much of it of assistance in an area wider than just the county.

Journal of Kent History Issue 83

This comprehensive work will be a hand maiden to your endeavors.

Kent Family History Society Journal Vol.14 No.12

The real benefit of this book will be for anyone preparing for archival research. Here Dr Wright's intimate knowledge of local archives is a real boon.

Overall this book provides the reader with a goldmine of information and finds a very welcome space on my bookshelf.

WDYTYA? Magazine, September 2016 - Celia Heritage

I'm pretty certain that I don't have any Kent ancestors, at least none turned up when I did my version of Who Do You Think You Are? for the Norman/Kimber family. Nonetheless, this is one of my favourite Pen and Sword series, always fascinating to read about how to research your ancestors, no matter where they were from, and much of what author David Wright says applies equally to my, and your ancestors. Brilliant!

Books Monthly, Paul Norman

Tracing Your Kent Ancestors is essential reading and reference for newcomers to family history, and it will be a mine of practical information for researchers who have already started work in the field.

Kent Family History Society Journal Vol.14 No.11

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About David Wright

David Wright is a professional genealogist, historian and writer. He has taught at University College, London and he is a fellow of the Society of Genealogists. Among his publications are East Kent Parishes: A Guide for Genealogists, Local Historians and Other Researchers; The Kentish Census Returns 1801-1901: Origins, Location, Registration Districts and Indexes; Kent Probate Records: A Catalogue and Practical Guide and St Peter’s Whitstable: A History of the Church, Parish and People.

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