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An authoritative series of guides on a wide variety of topics from the Society of Genealogists.

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My Ancestor was a Bastard / Ruth Paley

The probability is that we all have bastards amongst our forebears. That poses problems for tracing them, as their fathers will not necessarily be recorded in parish registers. There are, however, a number of alternative sources which may provide information. These are described in detail in this little book....

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My Ancestor was a Coalminer / David Tonks

There are a vast array of sources for tracing coalminers, emphasised by the fact that this book has 188 pages....

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My Ancestor was a Freemason / Pat Lewis

Freemasonry attracted many thousand adherents during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. If your ancestors were amongst them, then the likelihood is that freemasonry records will throw light on them. These records are described in this handy guide....

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My Ancestor was a Lawyer / Brian Brooks & Mark Herber

Do you have a lawyer in the family? If so, then a wide range of sources are available to help you trace his career. Brooks & Herber are two of the authorities in the genealogical world; here, they take you through the records of the Inns of Court, the Law lists, biographical directories, and other published sources, records from the Courts in which lawyers practised, and numerous other sources. We...

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My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman: How can I find out more about him? / Christopher T., & Michael J. Watts. 2nd ed. 2002.

A wide variety of records relating to merchant seamen are available. This book will guide you through them, and help you to trace your seamen ancestors....

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My Ancestor was a Royal Marine / Ken Divall

This book provides a brief history of the Royal Marines, together with a detailed account of the sources in which they can be traced. It will be an invaluable text, not just for anyone trying to trace Roayl Marine ancestors, but for anyone researching Royal Marine history...

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My ancestor was a Studio Photographer / Robert Pols

Photography was one of the wonders of the Victorian era, and offered an entirely new occupation to those who accepted the challenge. In 1851 there were 51 photographers. By 1861 there were nearly 3000, and in 1871 numbers had risen to over 4700. The names of ome 6000 photographers between 1841 and 1891 are known in the London area alone. Tracing them is not difficult. This book provides all the po...

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My Ancestor was a Woman at War / Emma Jolly. Society of Genealogists Enterprises, 2013.

An extensive and detailed guide to sources for tracing women who supported the war effort, whether by joining the armed forces, making munitions, or nursing casualties. Primairly concerned with wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the two world wars....

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My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer / Ian H. Waller

If he was, there are a wide range of sources where you may be able to find him. This book describes the life of an agricultural labourer, and takes you through the various sources which you might find useful to check....

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My Ancestor was an Anglican Clergyman / Peter Towey

A wide range of sources can be used to trace Anglican clergfymen. If you want to be sure that you have checked them all, you need to read this introductory guide....

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My Ancestor was an Apprentice / Stuart A. Raymond

We all have ancestors who were apprentices. For several centuries, it was illegal to follow a trade without having served an apprenticeship. Apprentices can be traced through their indentures, through registers compiled by borough and guild authorities, through tax lists, and through a variety of other sources. This book takes you through these various sources, explaining how you can discover reco...

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My Ancestor was In Service / Pamela Horn

Until the early twentieth century, most householders employed servants, indeed, it has been estimated that, in 1900, a third of all women had spent some time in domestic service. Th probability is that we all have ancestors who served in houeholds other than their own. Family historians therefore need to explore the world of servanthood, and to identify the sources which can be used to trace serva...

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My Ancestor was in the British Army: how can I find out more about him? / Michael J., & Christopher T. Watts

Most of us have ancestors who served in the British army. There are numerous sources available for tracing army ancestors. This book provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the information available, and tells you where to look....

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My Ancestor was in the Royal Navy / Ian Waller. Society of Genealogists Enterprises, 2014.

If he was, then this is the book you will need to consult to find out about him. It identifies and discusses all the sources that you are likely to need....

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My ancestor was Irish / Alan Stewart. Society of Genealogists Enterprises, 2012.

A concise and straightforward guide to tracing your Irish ancestry....

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My Ancestor was Scottish / Alan Stewart

Scottish ancestors? This book provides a basic introduction to sources for tracing them. It will be particularly useful for those of Scottish descent living in England....

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My Ancestor worked in the Theatre / Alan Ruston

Actors, musicians, managers, ushers, and a variety of other trades and professions worked in the theatre, in music hall, in fairgrounds and circuses. Many of their activities were documented, with the result that it is now possible to trace at least some details of their careers. To find out how, read this book....

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My Ancestors were English Presbyterians or Unitarians / Alan Ruston

Numerous Presbyterian and Unitarian registers of baptisms, marriages and deaths survive. They are fuly listed in this book, which also describes a range of other records. It will be essential reading for all who are trying to trace ancestry from the old dissenters....

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My Ancestors were Gypsies / Sharon Sillers Floate

If they were, tracing them might be more difficult. Nevertheless, it can be done. This book will show you how....

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My Ancestors were in the Salvation Army / Ray Wiggins

The Salvation Army began in the late nineteenth century, and has maintained a wide range of records. These are fully described in this book, which provides a valuable handbook for anyone trying to trace family members who were in the Salvation Army....

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My Ancestors were Jewish / Anthony Joseph

An overview of the major sources for tracing Jewish ancestors. Essential reading if you are of Jewish descent....

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My Ancestors were Londoners / Cliff Webb

Most of us had ancestors who lived in London for at least a few years. This book takes you through the many peculiarities of research in the Metropolis....

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