January 2020 Discounted Book of the Month - My Ancestor was a Bastard

My Ancestor was a Bastard is a family historian’s guide to sources for illegitimacy in England and Wales. This book provides an introduction to the world of the unmarried mother and her child and discusses how best to formulate a research strategy. It describes available sources: where to find them, how to use them and what information they contain.

The book includes a directory of useful websites and a useful glossary for the weird and wonderful synonyms for bastardy that you are likely to encounter in the course of your research. Finally there is a step by step guide that will help you draw up a research plan tailored to your own needs. 

Published 2004, revised 2011. The usual cost of My Ancestor was a Bastard is £7.99 and is currently available to SoG members at the discounted price of £6.47 (£7.19 to non-members). A £2.00 postal charge applies within the UK. This book plus the full range of titles published by the Society are available from our bookshop or through our website or by telephone: 020 7251 8799. Offer valid through 30 January


 Related Event:

Illegitimacy, Foundlings & Adoption to the 19th Century 

A one-hour lecture on Wednesday, 22 January(2pm) with Michael Gandy, cost £8.00/£6.40 SoG members Places should be pre-booked through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat).

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