If you want to find out about your Yorkshire ancestors, you can visit the many unusual and fascinating archives in England's largest county. As well as tracing when your ancestors were born, married and died, you can explore how they lived, how they spent their leisure time and what their home life was like. Rachel Bellerby's invaluable guide will introduce you to places that hold a wealth of information about Yorkshire's past, and the records you find in these archives will bring your research to life. Whatever you wouldlike to discover more about, from fairground travellers to Romany gypsies, from working deep underground in a mine to making a living from the North Sea, there is so much to learn. The many different archives that welcome family history researchers are explored here and explained. Often these archives are overlooked, yet they contain revealing information about the people who called Yorkshire their home. Dozens of places, from tiny museum archives to large research centres, are open for your research. Tracing your Yorkshire ancestors has never been more exciting.
Rachel Bellerby is an experienced journalist who specialises in the local and family history of Yorkshire. She has published many articles on these subjects in the UK and overseas, including features in Ancestors, BBC History Magazine and Your Family Tree. She is the author of Chasing The Sixpence: Memories of Bradford Mill Workers. Rachel Bellerby was born in Yorkshire and has lived in the county all her life.