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Tracing Your Manchester and Salford Ancestors (Paperback)

Local History Family History Social History By Region

By Sue Wilkes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Pages: 209
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781473856356
Published: 5th April 2017


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For readers with family ties to Manchester and Salford, and researchers delving into the rich history of these cities, this informative, accessible guide will be essential reading and a fascinating source of reference.

Sue Wilkes outlines the social and family history of the region in a series of concise chapters. She discusses the origins of its religious and civic institutions, transport systems and major industries. Important local firms and families are used to illustrate aspects of local heritage, and each section directs the reader towards appropriate resources for their research.

No previous knowledge of genealogy is assumed and in-depth reading on particular topics is recommended. The focus is on records relating to Manchester and Salford, including current districts and townships, and sources for religious and ethnic minorities are covered. A directory of the relevant archives, libraries, academic repositories, databases, societies, websites and places to visit, is a key feature of this practical book.

Author article 'Park life' as featured by

WDYTYA? Magazine, March 2019

Author article on 'Creed registers' as featured by

WDYTYA? July 2018

The book is ideal not just for tracing ancestors, but for anyone researching local history. It is very well organised and even has a section on interesting places to visit. It is easy to use and goes into detail, for example, explaining old-style dates and measurement. There are many good references, including websites and a good directory at the rear. It fills a gap as a useful resource on Salford family and local history and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Salford Link, Summer 2018 - reviewed by Paul Hassall

Author article part of the Social History feature 'Hideous progeny' as featured in

Discover Your Ancestors, issue 7, April 2018

As referenced in part of 'My ancestors was a... Soapmaker' feature

WDYTYA? February 2018

A very useful book that I will refer regularly. Each chapter ends with recommendations for further reading and the appendices list helpful resources, including a timeline of key dates and places to visit.

Family and Community Historical Research Society

As featured in 'Further Reading' part of author article on tracing your Manchester ancestors

Your Family History, July 2017

The latest in Pen and Sword's ground-breaking ancestry series is aimed at the citizens of Manchester and Salford - there is plenty of brilliant advice and suggestions in this perfect book.

Books Monthy, June 2017 - reviewed by Paul Norman

In short this is a great 'city' of a book and an absolute must for all historians of the region and anyone with an ancestor who lived in the North West.

WDYTYA? magazine, July 2017- reviewed by Ruth Symes

As featured in the books 'In brief' section

Family Tree, June 2017

Click here to read article by Sue Wilkes on 'A (Working) Woman’s Place'

History Today, June 2017

Author article as featured in, on the industrial revolution and what impact it might have had on your ancestors.

Your Family History, March 2017
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About Sue Wilkes

Sue Wilkes is an established expert on our industrial heritage and a well-known family historian. She has contributed many articles to history and family history magazines, including BBC Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC History, Discover Your Ancestors, Your Family Tree, and Jane Austen’s Regency World. Sue was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.   

Sue is the author of eight books: Regency Spies (Pen & Sword, 2015), A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England (Pen & Sword, 2014), Tracing Your Ancestors’ Childhood (Pen & Sword, 2013), Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2012), The Children History Forgot (Robert Hale, 2011), Tracing Your Canal Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2011), Regency Cheshire (Robert Hale, 2009) and Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Revolution in Lancashire (History Press, 2008). 

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