Tracing Your Ancestors in County Records

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

Stuart Raymond

* Comprehensive, detailed introduction to county records

* Comprehensive, detailed introduction to quarter sessions and other county records

* Explains how these records provide insights into the life and times of individuals in the past

* Describes the work of Justices of the Peace and other county official

* Focuses on county records, in par
Date Published :
August 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
40 illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473833630

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 216
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For over 500 years, between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Justices of the Peace were the embodiment of government for most of our ancestors. The records they and other county officials kept are invaluable sources for local and family historians, and Stuart Raymond's handbook is the first in-depth guide to them. He shows how and why they were created, what information they contain, and how they can be accessed and used.

Justices of the Peace met regularly in Quarter Sessions, judging minor criminal matters, licensing alehouses, paying pensions to maimed soldiers, overseeing roads and bridges, and running gaols and hospitals. They supervised the work of parish constables, highway surveyors, poor law overseers, and other officers. And they kept extensive records of their work, which are invaluable to researchers today.

As Stuart Raymond explains, the lord lieutenant, the sheriff, the assize judges, the clerk of the peace, and the coroner, together with a variety of subordinate officials, also played important roles in county government. Most of them left records that give us detailed insights into our ancestors' lives.

The wide range of surviving county records deserve to be better known and more widely used, and Stuart Raymond's book is a fascinating introduction to them.

About The Author

Stuart Raymond is a genealogical bibliographer, publisher and bookseller, an experienced family historian, and an expert on the history of wills and other probate records. He is also a prolific author of genealogical handbooks, web directories and library guides.


"A fascinating book that helps the reader understand the construction of society in the past and how it operated and is well worth the price for the amount of knowledge contained within its pages."

- Federation of Family History Societies

"This great introduction to county records will soon have you chomping at the bit to head to your nearest archive to begin exploring beyond the records available online. Well-known family and local historian (and Family Tree contributor) Stuart A Raymond provides a concise and easy guide to the rich seam of records you can expect to find (and those you can't), going back 500 years to when Justices of the Peace were the embodiment of local government for our ancestors. There's a wealth of information to get your teeth into."

- Family Tree, October 2016

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