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Family History Society

My Ancestor Was Series

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This series of guides is published by the Society of Genealogists.

Agricultural Labourer, My Ancestor Was An (2nd Edition)

(Ian Waller) Unlike many occupational groups, there is no single set of records which enables us to find out about their lives. From the early 1800s onwards it is quite possible to locate documents among family papers such as letters,…..


Woman at War, My Ancestor Was A

(Emma Jolly) Researching female ancestors at war requires a different approach from that of standard military history research. This book explores women’s military roles in the past, and discusses the wide range of occupations that women could undertake during a…..


Textile Mills, My Ancestors Worked in

(Adele Emm) For anybody researching their textile worker ancestors, this book is useful guide as well as a compelling work of social history. It is divided into two parts.  The first examines the cotton, wool, linen and silk industries, the…..


Railway Worker, My Ancestor was a

(Frank Hardy)  A complete guide to using railway records, covering all aspects of this hugely significant industry. The book includes a brief history of our railways from the start to 1948, an explanation of the job titles used by the…..


Royal Navy, My Ancestor was in The

(Ian Waller)  A comprehensive guide to Navy records dating back to before 1700, the book also contains a brief history of the service, guides to uniforms and insignia, divisions and branches of the Navy, pensions, dockyards, casualties, courts martial and…..


British Army, My Ancestor was in the

(Michael Watts and Christopher Watts)  Updated second edition of this book, aiding the modern family historian in researching their ancestors who served in the British Army from 1660. The book is a practical guide to help the researcher use the…..


In Service, My Ancestor Was

(Pamela Horn)  By the end of the Victorian era nearly a third of all women and also many men in England and Wales had been a domestic worker at some time in their lives. This book seeks to give some…..


English Presbyterians or Unitarians, My Ancestors Were

(Alan Ruston)  At one time, the Presbyterians were the largest of the Nonconformist denominations which dissented from the Church of England in the seventeenth century, but by the early nineteenth century they were the smallest. The aim of this book…..


Congregationalists, My Ancestors Were

(David J H Clifford)  A history of the movement and a guide to where surviving registers are kept. 77 pages.  Soft covers.  


Merchant Seaman, My Ancestor Was a

(Christopher T & Michael J Watts)  An overview and survey of the range of sources for tracing merchant seaman ancestors giving details of where to find them, to whom they apply and providing some examples of their contents. The book…..


Policeman, My Ancestor Was a

(A Shearman)   Details of some 250 archives with references to many thousands of names recorded in the police force registers in Britain including details of police museums. 44 pages.  Soft covers.                …..