Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors : A Guide for Family and Local Historians
Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors is a volume in the series of city ancestral guides published by Pen & Sword for readers and researchers who want to find out about life in Glasgow in the past and to know where the key sources for its history can be found. In vivid detail it describes the rise of Glasgow through tobacco, shipping, manufacturing and trade from a minor cathedral town to the cosmopolitan centre of the present day. Ian Maxwell's book focuses on the lives of the local people both rich and poor and on their experience as Glasgow developed around them.
It looks at their living conditions, at health and the ravages of disease, at the influence of religion and migration and education. It is the story of the Irish and Highland migrants, Quakers, Jews, Irish, Italians, and more recently people from the Caribbean, South-Asia and China who have made Glasgow their home. A wealth of information on the city and its people is available, and Glasgow Ancestors is an essential guide for anyone researching its history or the life of an individual ancestor.
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Dr Ian Maxwell is a former record officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and is now writes and speaks widely on Scottish and Irish genealogy. The aim of this book is to provide a handbook that can be taken to archives and libraries as a quick means of reference when searching various aspects of family history.
This book explains the many general sources such as censuses, parish registers and civil registration indexes which are available online from ScotlandsPeople (the official government source of genealogical data for Scotland), and also suggests other sources and major archives which are not so obvious and which may need to be consulted onsite: two examples being the Mitchell Library and the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
As well as a guide to genealogical records the book discusses the history of Glasgow and the surrounding area. Separate chapters cover various themes (such as local government and taxation, land ownership and property, the role of the Church, trade and industry, transport, education, health and welfare, migration, Glasgow at war, sport and entertainment, law and order, local photographs and maps) giving the historical context and the resulting relevant records that were kept. An explanation of how Scottish surnames developed is useful.
This is indeed a wide ranging compendium of the many sources of information available to family historians and researchers who want to understand what life was like in Glasgow in the past.
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