Tracing Your Potteries Ancestors (Kindle)
A Guide for Family & Local Historians
Tracing Your Potteries Ancestors introduces readers to the wealth of information available to those wishing to trace their North Staffordshire roots. Michael Sharpe gives a fascinating insight into the history of this part of the Midlands which was for so long dominated by the pottery industry. The six pottery towns Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton are at the heart of the story. His handbook is an essential guide for anyone researching the life of an individual or family connected with the area, bringing together all the relevant local and national archives for the first time. In a series of short information-packed chapters it describes the lives and experiences of ordinary people in this most extraordinary of landscapes. It charts the transition of the Six Towns from scattered farming communities to a thriving industrial conurbation. The living conditions of the urban poor, health and welfare, the influence of religion and migration, education, leisure pursuits, and the traumatic experience of war are all explored, and the many different archives and sources that are open to family history researchers are explained.
Impressively researched, expertly written, deftly organized and presented, "Tracing Your Potteries Ancestors: A Guide for Family & Local Historians" is an extraordinarily informative and thoroughly 'reader friendly' resource that is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Genealogy instructional reference collections & British History supplemental studies reading lists.Midwest Book Review
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The author is a professional genealogist whose enthusiasm for his subject leaps off the page. Overall, this is an exhaustive, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully presented piece of work, that deservedly lives up to the publisher’s billing as an ‘essential handbook for anyone researching the local and family history of the Potteries’.Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
If your ancestors lived or worked in the North Staffordshire area and want to undertake research into the lives of people in Tunstall, Burslam, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton this book will help you to focus your attention into the Industrial Diversity of the region.East Yorkshire FHS
Michael Sharpe guides us through various elements of the pottery industry by looking at the jobs of the employed people in this specialised field. Men, women and children (the children could be very young, 5 or 6 years of age) had numerous skills to learn in order to survive in this expanding industry.
He indicates how the Civic Society operated in the Workhouses, Children’s Homes, Hospitals, Asylums, Schools, Prisons etc. We also see how some of our ancestors moved from the rural areas into the harsh reality of the urban areas.
The author examines how people relied upon literature, festivals and later the cinema to alleviate the pressures of hard work in the factories. He even discusses the food which was available in shops and markets, a novel approach which some writers tend to ignore. Tracing your Potteries Ancestors will certainly help researchers looking for information through using websites, archives and the various types of resources. Make a space on your bookshelf and dip into the book when you are seeking guidance.
The book nicely fills the knowledge gap for the researcher familiar with basic family history research who needs to dig more deeply into the history and resources of the Potteries.Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, John D Reid
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Author article as featured byFamily Tree, May 2019