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BOOK - Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, A Guide For Family Historians
By Gill Blanchard
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2018)

Softcover... 32.95 (C$)

Gill Blanchard's practical and informative handbook will help you to trace your ancestors in the traditional counties of East Anglia Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and it will give you an insight into their lives. As well as guiding the researcher to historical records held in all the relevant archives, she explores the wealth of other resources that add the 'flesh to the bones' of our ancestors' lives. She describes how fascinating information can be discovered about the places they lived in and the important historical events they lived through, and she traces the life stories of notable people from all backgrounds who shaped the regions development over the centuries. Her account highlights the diversity of this part of England but also focuses on its common features and strong sense of identity. It introduces a wide array of research resources that will be revealing for readers who want to find out about their ancestors who lived here.

  • This is a very useful guide for anyone with roots in this part of the world. Family Tree, July 2018
  • All in all, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with ancestors in this area. WDYTYA?, July 2018 – reviewed by Debbie Bradley
  • This is not a book to rush through but to devour slowly and, having read it, to dip into various sections again and again, each time discovering more. Not one of the many books guiding you step-by-step through the mechanics of basic research, Gill Blanchard tells how and which records can be used to “put flesh on the bones” showing how on-line and off-line research compliment each other. On our journey through the pages we discover many interesting snippets such as Stowbridge Fair was the largest in Europe and believed to be John Bunyon’s inspiration for Vanity Fair in Pilgrims Progress and one of the most unusual loads carried by train was when a stuffed giraffe travelled from London to Ipswich Museum in 1909. There are tantalising glimpses of smuggling, pirates, tithe wars and a tuberculosis colony at Papworth in 1921. At the end of each chapter are excellent sections called “Finding out More” and “Bringing it to Life” . Containing an excellent Resources Directory, Bibliography and Index this is certainly a book to be on every family historian’s bookshelf. It definitely has a place on mine. Norfolk Family History Society
About the author:
    Gill Blanchard will be hosting Family Tree magazine's first Family History River Cruise, September 2019. Gill will host several sessions and interactive activities throughout the cruise on topics including essential records, information about DNA testing, how to use online resources, visiting archives and your next steps!

    Gill is a professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author based in Norwich. Gill has run a family history, house history and local history research business since 1997, and worked in a local record office for six years before that. Her academic background is in history, sociology (BA Hons.) and international relations (MA). She has had several guides, local histories and biographies published and writes regularly for national genealogy magazines. Gill is a full member of AGRA - the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.

    Gill has also undertaken many research projects for authors, academics, journalists and television production teams, including the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? She appeared on the Mary Berry episode of this show in 2014 and will appear again on an episode in 2018. Among other organisations she has worked for are local architects, property developers and solicitors, hotels and pubs; New England Historic Genealogical Society in America; Customised Heritage Tours in Australia; English Heritage; Zetica Ltd.; The Mail on Sunday newspaper; J.D. Weatherspoons and the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkley.
229 Pages
6 X 8.25"
Table of Contents
Resources Directory
ISBN: 9781473859999
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2018)

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