28 July 2008

17th century British genealogy

Another in the series of podcasts from TNA "Our 17th Century Ancestors," originally presented by David Hay on 19 June 2008, is now online. The use of church records, manor court rolls and apprenticeship records is discussed.

You will only likely get back to the 17th century if your ancestors didn't move much. For an uncommon name the records may allow you to trace the line further back in the location, with gaps, but a good probability of their being a connection.

These are both true for my family. A line of Northwoods can be traced back continuously to a marriage in Pattingham, Staffordshire, in 1570. The name is found in the community in 14th century records.

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