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Tracing Your West Country Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: K. Gray
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781848847835
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

This book is an essential handbook for those researching their ancestry in the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and the city of Bristol. It begins with an introduction to the identity of ‘The West Country’, its geography and history over the centuries. It then guides family historians through the wealth of historical records available both online and in archives and libraries in order to add the ‘flesh to the bones’ of the names of ancestors on their family trees.

West Country expert Kirsty Gray highlights fascinating details that can be uncovered about the places where our ancestors lived, their occupations and the distinctive features, identity and character of the West Country itself. She provides case studies of some notable individuals from the counties as well as records of those individuals who never hit the headlines.

This practical and informative guide is a ‘must have’ for readers wishing to find out more about all aspects of life in this area of England.

1. Introduction to the region
- The City of Bristol
- Somerset
- Devon
- Cornwall
2. Town and Country
- The City of zbristol, its suburbs and hamlets
- Somerset cities
- Somert towns and villages
- Devon cities
- Devon towns and villages
- Cornish cities
- Cornish towns and villages
3. Population: growth and distribution changes since 1801
- The City of Bristol
- Somerset
- Devon
- Cornwall
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
4. Trtavel and trnsport
- Turnpike roads
- Railways
- Inland waterways
5. Local governmet
- An overview of local government
- The poor law
- Reform acts of the ninettenth century
- The Duchy of Cornwall
- Justices of the Peace
- Criminality
- Prisons and transportation
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
6. Army and nacy history
- The militia
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
- The Royal Navy
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
- The army
- Digging deeoer
- Hidden treasures
7. Occupations
- Seafaring occupations
- Agriculture
- Mining
- Other industries
- Other occupation resources
8. Parish registers
- Baptisms
- Marriages
- Burials
- Bishops' transcripts
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
9. Nonconformity
- Before the Toleration Act of 1689
- After the Toleration Act of 1689
- The Methodist revival
- Digging deeger
- Hidden treasures
10. Education
- Early schools
- Schools in the nineteenth century
- Schools in the twentieth century
- Education for girls
- Digging deeper
- Hiddrn treasures
11. The Rich and the poor
- Parish rates
- Settlement and removal records
- Apprenticeship records and indentures
- The last resort
- The parish church and churchyard
- Wills
- Newsppers
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
12. Migration
- Seventeenth century
- Eighteenth century
- Nineteenth century
- Digging deeper
- Hidden treasures
- Emigratoon to Australia
- Emigration to Canada
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