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Tracing Your Potteries Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family & Local Historians

Family History P&S History Social History By Industry/Profession

By Michael Sharpe
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9781526701275
Published: 3rd April 2019

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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.

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.

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About Michael Sharpe

Michael Sharpe is an independent family history writer, researcher and lecturer who has been working in the field since 1984. He is a member of the Society of Genealogists and of several local family history societies. Family Matters is the result of years of research in national and regional archives and interviews with leading figures in British genealogy, including family history organisations, businesses and public bodies.

Go to: www.familymattersbook.net

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