Tracing Your Ancestors' Lives: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 214 pages
Author: B. Starmans
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781473879713
Other: b&w photos, appendix, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

'Tracing Your Ancestors' Lives' is a wide-ranging guide to social history for family historians, but it is not a comprehensive study of social history itself. It focuses on the various aspects of social history that are of particular interest to the family historian. It has been written to help researchers go beyond the names, dates and places in their pedigree back to the time when their ancestors lived.

Through the research advice, resources and case studies in the book, researchers can learn about their ancestors, their families, and the society they lived in and record their stories for generations to come. Each chapter highlights an important general area of study. Topics covered include the family and society; domestic life; birth, life and death; work, wages and economy; community, religion and government. 

Barbara J. Starmans' handbook encourages family historians to immerse themselves more deeply in their ancestors' time and place. Her work will give researchers a fascinating insight into what their ancestors' lives were life.

1. Introduction
 - What is Social History?
 - Social History and Genealogy
 - Resources
 - Sharing Your Family's Social History
2. People, Family and Society
 - Demographics
 - Ethnicity, Immigration and Social Currents
 - Customs and Traditions
 - Alcohol and Drugs
 - Sexuality, Mortality, Marriage and Divorce
 - Children and Childhood
3. Domestic Affairs
 - Environment
 - Clothing and Fashion
 - Food and Cooking
 - House and Home
 - Housekeeping
 - Land and Property
4. Birth, Life and Death
 - Birth
 - Health and Lifestyle
 - Medicine
 - Diseases and Epidemics
 - Mental Health
 - Mortality
 - Deaths and Burials
5. Work, Wages and Economy
 - Economy
 - Occupations
 - Businesses and Employers
 - Social Welfare and Relief
6. Community, Religion and Government
 - Community
 - Markets and Fairs
 - Education, Language and Literacy
 - Religion and Church
 - Persecution
 - Crime and Punishment
 - War, Revolution and Unrest
Bibliography of Resources

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