Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood: A Guide for Family Historians
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 240 pages
Author: S. Wilkes
Other: b&w photos, sketches, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Every family historian had child ancestors, and childhood experiences and records are an essential aspect of research into a past life. That is why Sue Wilkes detailed and accessible handbook is such a useful guide for anyone who is trying to find out about the early years of their forebears.
In 'Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood' she explores the history of childhood and education and brings together information about relevant records and archives into one handy reference guide. She outlines ancestors' childhood experiences at home, school, work and in institutions, especially during Victorian times.
In the opening chapter she reviews basic family history sources, then she discusses records of childhood in detail. Specialist archives, published sources, recommended reading and other resources and documents are covered. She focuses primarily on England and Wales and covers the years 1750-1950.
The second part of her book is a directory of archives and specialist repositories. Databases of children's societies, useful genealogy websites and places to visit which bring the social history of childhood to life are all included.
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
PART 1: Childhood and Education
1. Beginning Your Search
2. Children and the Poor Law
3. Growing Up at Work
4. An Educational Primer
5. 'Spare the Rod'
6. Helping Hands
7. Children in Wartime
8. Team Spirit
PART 2: Research Guide
A - Archives and Repositories
1 - The National Archives, Kew
2 - Archives for Children's Charities and Voluntary Organisations
3 - Local and Specialist Archives and Repositories
4 - Special Collections at Universities
B - Useful Addresses
C - Useful Websites
D - Schools and Education Sources
E - Maritime and Military Websites
F - Places to Visit