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Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors (ePub)

A Guide For Family Historians

Family History

By Mike Royden
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
File Size: 2.1 MB (.epub)
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781844686766
Published: 18th January 2010

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Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the city’s history and its people.

In a series of short, informative chapters he describes Liverpool’s history through shipping, manufacturing and trade from the original fishing village to the present cosmopolitan metropolis of today. In each chapter he provides the history of a subject including relevant case studies and any further research he has. He then tells the reader the best places to visit to find information for themselves.

The subjects that Mike covers in the chapters include the living conditions of people, including poverty and the labouring poor, health and the ravages of disease, the influence of religion and migration, education and the traumatic experience of war. He also shows how the lives of Liverpudlians changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived.

Mike Royden is a leading authority of the history of Liverpool. He has been researching and writing for over 30 years and is a popular lecturer on the subject. Mike runs many family history websites and is author of a number of titles such as: Liverpool: Caring for Women, babies in Liverpool- A History of Mill Road Hospital; A History of Liverpool Maternity Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, Liverpool and a biography of Edward Rushton.

Each chapter presents a short history of a particular topic, followed by suggestions for further research and reading. However these are not just lists, but include useful critical comments, enabling readers to judge more accurately just what would be useful to them in their own research...Local myths, such as the story of slaves imprisoned in Liverpool cellars, are disabused, and interesting allusions to earlier seminal publications on the city are made...This book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, with references to a range of different publications, and provide much stimulation to further research.

Kay Parrott, British Association for Local History

Each chapter presents a short history of a particular topic, followed by suggestions for further research and reading. However these are not just lists, but include useful critical comments, enabling readers to judge more accurately just what would be useful to them in their own research...Local myths, such as the story of slaves imprisoned in Liverpool cellars, are disabused, and interesting allusions to earlier seminal publications on the city are made...This book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, with references to a range of different publications, and provide much stimulation to further research.

Kay Parrott, British Association for Local History

Mike Royden, a leading authority on the history of Liverpool, describes the city's history from its roots as a fishing village to the cosmopolitan metropolis of today. Appendices provide research advice, lists of archives, organisations, museums and other resources, and recommended reading.

www.familytree.co.uk

Among Liverpool's contemporary local historians Mike Royden holds an honoured place, having taught, researched and written extensively on aspects of the city's history and the lives of its people over the past 25 years. There are few people better qualified to write a practical guide to researching family history on the city and surrounding area, and Royden has done a great job in this excellent new book.
It has all sorts of strengths: for a start, I don't think I've seen a guide on this sort of subject that has a better range of topics...
It's immediately apparent that a great deal of hard work and a very systematic approach lie behind this book. It's a model of its kind and one I know I will refer to often.

Matt Elton, Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
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