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Who Do You Think You Are?: Trace Your Family History Back to the Tudors

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For the first time in a popular genealogy book, author Anton Gill and Who Do You Think You Are? family history expert Nick Barratt have created a wonderfully ...

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Overview

To accompany the third series of the award-winning BBC television series, which moves to BBC 1 having gained viewing figures of over 6 million on BBC 2, this book gives the amateur genealogist all the tools to trace their ancestors back over six centuries, taking them on a fascinating historical journey into the past.

For the first time in a popular genealogy book, author Anton Gill and Who Do You Think You Are? family history expert Nick Barratt have created a wonderfully readable book which takes the reader back through time past the usual family tree landmark of 1837, when birth, marriage and death registration were made mandatory, to allow the reader to trace their ancestors back to Tudor times.

Much more detailed than the previous tie-ins, this book will explore the history which led to the dispersion of the population, it will look at local genealogy and connect the history of Britain with the people who lived during the times and the records they left. Whether your 17th-century ancestor was a merchant seamen listed on the muster rolls, or of a trade registered through the Livery guilds of Newcastle, Yorkshire or London; a midwife licensed by the church from medieval times (in case they had to baptise a sick baby at birth); an alehouse owner (victualler) who was licensed from the 1500s onwards; or an afro-Caribbean immigrant from the 1700s, this book fills the gaps in your family tree and gives you the resources to search out your medieval ancestors.

This book is a guide to tracing your family tree back for six centuries, into the time of Tudor kings and peasant uprisings, through a fascinating array of historical resources.It is also a fascinating social history of the peoples of the United Kingdom and how they were shaped by the events of their times.

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Praise for the TV Series

'Combining personal quest, social history and autobiography, it proved a triumphant mixture.' Daily Telegraph

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In this companion book to the series of a popular BBC television program bearing the same title, historians Gill and Barratt highlight British family history and records from the time of Henry VIII to the early 1800s. Part 1 provides tips on how to begin one's family history research and a general overview of early records through the advent of more official recordkeeping that began around 1837. Part 2 describes by periods of time important social, political, military, and religious events and how these events affected the lives of one's ancestors. Part 3 contains lists of useful web sites, addresses, recommended genealogy and history books, a roster of contemporary British authors, monarchs and prime ministers, and a "What's In a Name?" list of meanings for some 500 surnames. Interspersed throughout are the family history stories of eight well-known British citizens ranging from former track star Colin Jackson to cooking goddess Nigella Lawson.
—Elaine M. Kuhn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007230082
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: TV tie-in edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Anton Gill has written several plays and features for radio and television, novels and many distinguished works of non-fiction, including The Journey Back From Hell: Conversations with Concentration Camp Survivors, which won the H.H. Wingate Prize in 1988. He has also written Berlin To Bucharest; An Honourable Defeat: A History Of The German Resistance To Hitler; And The Devil’s Mariner: A Biography Of William Dampier.
Dr Nick Barratt trained as a medieval historian and now acts as a historical consultant and researcher in the media. He has been the primary genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? From the first series and was consultant on the Bafta nominated Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. He is also a columnist for the ‘Daily Telegraph’.

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Table of Contents


A Word to Begin With...     6
Discovering Your Early Ancestors     10
In the Beginning     12
Robert Lindsey     24
Finding Out     30
David Tennant     56
Recent Times     62
Julia Sawalha     74
Their Life and Times     80
Age of Modernity: (From the Middle of the Eighteenth Century to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century)     82
Jeremy Irons     102
Age of Growth: (Early to Mid-Eighteenth Century)     108
Colin Jackson     128
Age of Renewal: (Restoration to the Early Eighteenth Century)     134
Barbara Windsor     154
Age of Change: (James I to the Restoration)     160
David Dickinson     184
Age of Strength: (Middle of Sixteenth Century to the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century)     190
Nigella Lawson     214
Where to Go Next     220
Introduction     222
Websites     222
Addresses     223
Book List     225
Important People     227
What's in a Name     228
Index     238
Acknowledgements     239
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