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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 1st edition (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848843682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843684
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Newby currently works for Leeds Museums and Galleries. She is the former editor of Family History Monthly magazine and previously worked as a social history commissioning editor. Jennifer has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MA in Magazine Journalism. She has a long-standing interest in women's social history.

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'In the past, women were less likely to literate than men, their career options were far more limited and they were rarely financially independent - so it's no wonder that the history books are full of men. This fascinating read seeks to redress the balance by telling the stories of those women, from all walks of life, who were our mothers and our grandmothers.' --Woman's Weekly magazine

'This handy guide to finding women in the past reminds us of places they are to be found, if only we look'. --Who Do You Think You Are? magazine

'This gives an interesting window into women's lives and careers from 1800 to 1939. Newby provides an engaging read for social history lovers, and a useful handbook for family historians.' --Scotland Magazine

'This is an excellent reference tool. I would not hesitate to recommend this book for any student or researcher of women's social history.' --Federation of Family History Societies

About the Author

Jennifer Newby is the editor of Family History Monthly magazine, and previously worked on Ancestors magazine at The National Archives. She has a BA in English from St Hilda's College, Oxford, and an MA in Magazine Journalism. She has a long-standing interest in women's social history and writes a blog on the subject at writingwomenshistory.co.uk

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rose Walter on 9 Nov. 2011
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I have just read Jennifer Newby's book and not only did I find it a page turner but a very useful guide for my family history research. Unlike many guides I have used in the past this book isn't dry and boring to read but it is full of delightful stories of 19th century women and I really felt I had a better understanding of my own female ancestors after reading it.
It is often hard to find sources about Victorian women so the research starting points and sources list at the end of each chapter is and will continue to prove very useful to me. Jennifer Newby doesn't limit her focus to one social group but includes all types of women from factory girls, land girls and servants to aristocrats and even criminals. Women of the 19th century speak out about their lives through the pages of this book and it offers a compelling insight into an area of history that has been traditionally overlooked.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Fowler on 9 Nov. 2011
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Women in history are often overlooked. In part because the power generally resided with men. But as Ms Newby shows here they led full lives. Using a surprisingly wide range of sources she tells the story of a number of women from reformed prostitutes to society ladies and shows, simply, how you can research women, whether they be your ancestors or local celebrities from the past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By muttihaha on 11 July 2012
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This is a book that I keep dipping into and coming back to as it produces little nuggets of knowledge, some of which are quite surprising: "In the late Victorian era more women were elected to local government positions than today." Covering the lives of working class women, middle class women and gentry, Jennifer Newby introduces us to the surprisingly wide range of resources for researching the lives of women in 19th century and early 20th century Britain. She draws on women's memoirs, newspaper reports, women's reform groups and even parliamentary reports to explore women's lives in factories and mills, in service and working on the land and in the home. She looks at living conditions, health, education, employment, suffrage and convicts. Each section is supplemented by a list of resources useful to the family historian or those simply interested in social history. The narrative style is easy to read, supported by numerous quotations and illustrated with black and white photographs and illustrations from newspapers and magazines. This book is a gold mine of information and a fascinating read. Highly recommended.
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Very good book for those studying genealogy as it goes into more depth of what women's lives were actually like. I have found it very interesting and it has given me a better idea of the lives of my female ancestors, which I was unable to get elsewhere. Much is written about the lives of ordinary men but not so much about women. I recommend this book on my family history website, simply because I do think it is a good book to read alongside researching your family tree
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An excellent insight into the lives of my female ancestors. A closer look at women's lives in the Victorian era, this was a very interesting read, and would suit those wishing to delve a little further into their geneology.
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