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Tracing Your Northern Ancestors: A Guide to the North East and Cumbria for the Family Historian [Paperback]

Keith Gregson
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Book Description

21 Sep 2007
The far north of England is a key site for family historians. Many researchers, seeking to trace their ancestry back through the generations, will find their trail leads to the north or through it. And yet, despite the burgeoning interest in genealogy and the importance of the region in so many life stories, no previous book has provided a guide to the documents and records that family historians can use in their search. In this accessible and informative introduction to the subject, Keith Gregson looks at the history and heritage of the region - of Northumberland, Tyneside, Durham, Wearside, Tees Valley and Cumbria - and gives a fascinating insight into the world in which our ancestors lived. He introduces the reader to the variety of records that are available for genealogical research, from legal and ecclesiastical archives, birth and death certificates to the records of local government, employers, institutions, clubs, societies and schools.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (21 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844155978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844155972
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have written all my life ( or at least since I've been able to write!) and gave up teaching ten years ago to concentrate on writing and music. My main interests are in traditional culture, family history and sport and all these are reflected in the works I've produced. On the family history front I am particularly interested in doing case studies which I hope will be useful to those involved in their own research. In sporting history, I am a passionate believer in producing local histories set in a wider context which will help us understand the broader development of sport.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The book is entertainingly written and gives a good idea of the geography, occupations and daily life of your ancestors who lived in Cumberland, Westmoreland, Northern Lancashire, County Durham and Northumberland.

Best read however once you have already got the basics of research from a basic genealogy text, as otherwise some of the assumptions made by the author about the knowledge of the reader do not quite work out and you will be starting to ask libraries for the wrong thing.

I am certainly still learning new things from this book so it is not just for the novice but the professional.

I would have liked a detailed section on the Northumberland and Durham Parish registers especially as the National Index of Parish Registers volume is now out of print, so I do think a trick may have been missed here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ok as far as it goes. 15 July 2013
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Not quite as much help as I had hoped but maybe that is not the fault of the book but my elusive ancestors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hay on Wye booksellers 30 Oct 2011
Tracing Your Northern Ancestors: A Guide to the North East and Cumbria for the Family Historian
The book has been most useful in my genealogical research and directed me on pathways I hadn't tried before.

Would buy a book from the above booksellers again
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