Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

Stuart A Raymond

Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
40 illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473883451

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 248
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We all have Nonconformist ancestors. In the mid-nineteenth century almost half of the English population were Nonconformists. And there were very few villages where there was not at least one Nonconformist chapel. Local and family historians need to be aware of the diversity of Nonconformity, and of the many sources which will enable them to trace the activities of Nonconformist forebears.

Stuart Raymond's handbook provides an overview of those sources. He identifies the numerous websites, libraries and archives that local and family historians need to consult. These are described in detail, their strengths and weaknesses are pointed out, and the contribution currently made by the internet is highlighted.

Most Nonconformist denominations are discussed – not just the mainstream Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Quakers and Methodists, but also obscure sects such as the Muggletonians and Glasites, and even the two groups who regularly appear on our doorsteps today – Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons.

The religious activities of our Nonconformist ancestors tell us a great deal about them, and provide fascinating insights into their lives.

About The Author

Stuart Raymond was formerly librarian of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. He is an experienced family and local historian, and an expert on the history of wills and local records. Among his most recent publications are The Wills of Our Ancestors, Tracing Your Ancestors in County Records, Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors and Tracing Your Church of England Ancestors. He has also published a wide variety of other handbooks, web directories and library guides for family and local historians.


"The latest in Pen and Sword's essential library for would-be genealogists and people tracing their ancestry... these superb books provide much-needed extra information on where to look for details of your ancestors. Priceless."

- Books Monthly

"Many family historians hit a brick wall when it comes to Nonconformist ancestors so this is a welcome read for anyone struggling to take that next step in their research. "

- Family Tree, June 2017

This is a wide-ranging book which covers the diversity of non-conformism from its mainstream denominations to some of the more obscure sects as well as the present day Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.

- B&A FHS Journal, No. 169

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