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4.0 out of 5 stars A readable and informative guide for family historians
In 1851 half the population were in the countryside, so most people will have rural ancestors. Jonathan Brown, honorary fellow of the Museum of English Rural Life, has compiled this readable and informative guide for family historians, in which he explains the structure of rural society and its people -- the migrant workers, the farm labourers, the farmers, the village...
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Country Publications

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early days
I haven't read the whole book yet, but I am under the impression that everything the author writes about is what I already know. To be fair, there are snippets which are interesting, but the information hasn't pointed me in the right direction to discover rural ancestors. Online resources are abundant, and I have found these to be better than this book so far.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A readable and informative guide for family historians, 6 Feb 2012
This review is from: Tracing Your Rural Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)
In 1851 half the population were in the countryside, so most people will have rural ancestors. Jonathan Brown, honorary fellow of the Museum of English Rural Life, has compiled this readable and informative guide for family historians, in which he explains the structure of rural society and its people -- the migrant workers, the farm labourers, the farmers, the village tradesmen, the professional classes and the landowners -- to discover who they were, how they lived, what records they might have left, and how to locate and decipher these historical resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, 25 Oct 2011
This review is from: Tracing Your Rural Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)
If you have rural ancestors in your family, and who doesn't, this is a very insightful book. All kinds of trades and labourer are mentioned in this book. A very valuable tool for the Family Historian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Whoes Ancestors Were Agricultural Labourers, 5 Feb 2014
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This book provides interesting background information and advise as to where to look for further details. Did not answer all my questions but maybe this was not possible anyway.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early days, 7 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Tracing Your Rural Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)
I haven't read the whole book yet, but I am under the impression that everything the author writes about is what I already know. To be fair, there are snippets which are interesting, but the information hasn't pointed me in the right direction to discover rural ancestors. Online resources are abundant, and I have found these to be better than this book so far.
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