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Tracing Your Roman Catholic Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family & Local Historians

Family History P&S History > Social History World History

By Stuart A. Raymond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526716682
Published: 19th September 2018


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Tracing Your Roman Catholic Ancestors is the ideal handbook for readers and researchers who are keen to find out about their Roman Catholic ancestors and for anyone who wants an introduction to Roman Catholic history in general. Stuart Raymond provides a brief historical account covering the Roman Catholics from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, then goes on to identify the available sources, explaining their strengths and weaknesses. His accessible and authoritative book will be an essential source of insight and reference for anyone who is starting to explore this fascinating subject.

The Catholic church's structure is described, as are the various repositories where relevant archives and books can be found. Chapters are devoted to specific sources and what they can reveal about the church and those who were members of it. Much information concerning Catholicism is to be found in the records of repression. The records of Quarter Sessions and the Anglican ecclesiastical courts, together with central government sources, tell us much about our Roman Catholic ancestors, and are fully described. So are the records of Roman Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials. Other Roman Catholic records, such as confirmation lists, are also covered, as are records relating to Roman Catholic clergy and religious orders.

Stuart Raymond's handbook opens up the history of the Roman Catholic Church for researchers who want to gain an understanding of the religious lives of their ancestors and for those who have a wider interest in the history of religion.

As featured in: 'Registering Catholic Estates'

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The Essex Family Historian, August 2019

Not only does this book fill a long-felt gap in the market, but its appearance could hardly be more well-timed.

Raymond has managed to combine a luminously clear introduction to a complex subject with cornucopia of possibilities for more advanced researchers. This is now the essential tool for anyone interested in the subject.

Genealogist's Magazine

Exceptionally well organized and presented, "Tracing Your Roman Catholic Ancestors" is a unique and extraordinary instruction manual, guide and history that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Genealogy collections and supplemental studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a long overdue book supplying a much-needed resource, as so many people in England have Catholic ancestors...

... The book is an essential buy that should be in every family historian's library.

WDYTYA? magazine, December 2018 – reviewed by Sylvia Dibbs

This is a good handbook for those researching their Catholic ancestors as well as anyone wanting a wider introduction to the history of Roman Catholicism.

Bristol & Avon FHS
 Stuart A. Raymond

About Stuart A. Raymond

Stuart Raymond has been studying local history for almost 50 years. He was formerly librarian of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, and assistant librarian at Deakin University. He has made many contributions to local history journals, and has written numerous handbooks for both local and family historians, for example, The Wills of Our AncestorsTracing your Ancestors Parish RecordsTracing Your Ancestors in County RecordsTracing Your Nonconformist AncestorsTracing Your Church of England AncestorsTracing Your Roman Catholic Ancestors, and Tracing your Poor Ancestors. His recent work, Stourton before Stourhead: A History of the Parish 1550-1750, demonstrates the uses to which the sources described in this book can be put.

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