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My Ancestor Was Series

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…..


Coalminer, My Ancestor Was a

(David Tonks) Fifty years ago Britain was reliant on coal for its energy needs.  Across the country, over a million Brits worked as miners, risking injury and often their lives to extract this “black gold” from the earth. This book…..


Bastard, My Ancestor Was a

(Ruth Paley)  A family historians guide to sources for illegitimacy in England and Wales, this book provides an introduction to the world of the unmarried mother and her child and discusses how best to formulate a research strategy. It describes…..


Mormon, My Ancestor Was a

(Ian Waller) Charting the history of British Mormons and their journeys to America, the author’s thorough research guide provides the reader with carefully woven history/genealogy research guidance, which is both accessible and professional in its approach. Beginning with a lengthy…..


Londoners, My Ancestors Were

(Cliff Webb) A large percentage of the population has always lived in the London area.  As a result most British genealogists will at some stage in their research stumble across a Londoner, and when they do they are likely to…..


Gentleman, My Ancestor Was a

(Stuart A Raymond) Between the sixteenth and nineteenth century gentlemen – the gentry – were men who stood just below nobility in wealth and political power; owners of country estates and wide acres. In this book the author examines the…..


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…..


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…..


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…..


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.  


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…..