Tracing Your Insolvent Ancestors

A Guide for Family Historians

Paul Blake

Debtors' prisons are infamous but very little has been written about the records of those confined within them in London or elsewhere in the country. Even less has been written about the trials of those who were often incarcerated following misfortune or mismanagement rather than criminal intent.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Tracing Your Ancestors
Illustration :
30 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526738653
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$29.95

Overview
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Debtors’ prisons are infamous but very little has been written about the records of those confined within them in London or elsewhere in the country. Even less has been written about the trials of those who were often incarcerated following misfortune or mismanagement rather than criminal intent. That is why Paul Blake’s handbook will be so useful for researchers who want to find out about forebears who may have been caught up in the insolvency system.

In a series of information-filled chapters he covers the historical background to the handling of debt and debtors, and bankruptcy and bankrupts. In addition he describes the courts and procedures faced by both creditors and debtors, and the prisons where so many debtors were confined.

Throughout the book details are given of the records that researchers can turn to in order to explore the subject for themselves. Many are held at The National Archives, but others are to be found at local record offices around the country.

Paul Blake’s book will be appreciated by local, social and family historians, as well as those with an interest in debtor crime and punishment, and bankrupts in general.

About The Author
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Paul Blake is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and President of the East Surrey Family History Society. As a professional genealogical researcher and educator, he has written and lectured on many aspects of London family history, and more broadly on British research. His recent publications include Discover the Poor Law in England and Wales and Discover Protestant nonconformity in England and Wales.

REVIEWS
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"Tracing Your Insolvent Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians" is a unique, impressively informative, and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library Genealogy instructional reference and resource collections.

- Midwest Book Review

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