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BOOK - Tracing Your Insolvent Ancestors, A Guide For Family & Local Historians
By Paul Blake
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK, 2019

Softcover... 34.95 (C$)

Debtors’ prisons are infamous but very little has been written about the records of those confined within them in London or elsewhere in the country. Even less has been written about the trials of those who were often incarcerated following misfortune or mismanagement rather than criminal intent. That is why Paul Blake’s handbook will be so useful for researchers who want to find out about forebears who may have been caught up in the insolvency system.

In a series of information-filled chapters he covers the historical background to the handling of debt and debtors, and bankruptcy and bankrupts. In addition he describes the courts and procedures faced by both creditors and debtors, and the prisons where so many debtors were confined.

Throughout the book details are given of the records that researchers can turn to in order to explore the subject for themselves. Many are held at The National Archives, but others are to be found at local record offices around the country.

Paul Blake’s book will be appreciated by local, social and family historians, as well as those with an interest in debtor crime and punishment, and bankrupts in general.

Review
    This is an excellent, very detailed deep dive into a voluminous set of records about which little has been written... If you have found an ancestor, probably in a newspaper, who is identified as an insolvent debtor or bankrupt then this is the book to which you must turn. This is the only book available that guides the reader step-by-step through these voluminous sets of records to find the details of misfortune that family historians so love to find. This book is highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul Milner - Milner Genealogy
Details:
  • 223 Pages
  • 6.25 X 9.25"
  • Index
  • Illustrations - 30 black and white
  • Softcover - perfectbound
  • ISBN: 9781526738653
  • Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK, 2019



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