Mike Royden's Local History Pages

'In years to come, Liverpool genealogists will be saying: if it isn't in Royden, it isn't worth knowing about'!

(quoted in a 5 star review in Family History Monthly)

Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors
A Guide for Family Historians (2nd Edition)
Mike Royden

Pen & Sword
Paperback 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1473822351
Published: 2014
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Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the city’s history and it’s people.  
In a series of short, informative chapters he describes Liverpool’s history through shipping, manufacturing and trade from the original fishing village to the present cosmopolitan metropolis of today. In each chapter he provides the history of a subject including relevant case studies and any further research he has. He then tells the reader the best places to visit to find information for themselves.  
The subjects that Mike covers in the chapters include the living conditions of people, including poverty and the labouring poor, health and the ravages of disease, the influence of religion and migration, education and the traumatic experience of war. He also shows how the lives of Liverpudlians changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived.  
Mike Royden is a leading authority of the history of Liverpool. He has been researching and writing for over 30 years and is a popular lecturer on the subject. Mike runs many history websites and is author of a number of titles such as: Liverpool: Caring for Women, babies in Liverpool- A History of Mill Road Hospital; A History of Liverpool Maternity Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, Liverpool and a biography of Edward Rushton.
'Among Liverpool's contemporary local historians Mike Royden holds an honoured place, having taught, researched and written extensively on aspects of the city's history and the lives of its people over the past 30 years. There are few people better qualified to write a practical guide to researching family history on the city and surrounding area, and Royden has done a great job in this excellent new book.  
It has all sorts of strengths: for a start, I don't think I've seen a guide on this sort of subject that has a better range of topics... 
It's immediately apparent that a great deal of hard work and a very systematic approach lie behind this book. It's a model of its kind and one I know I will refer to often'.

Alan Crosby, Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

(Alan is a Local History expert and editor of The Local Historian)

Looking at how Poor Law, migration, education and the experience of war affected Liverpool, the book directs us as to how best to research our family there. It's a fascinating history in itself, but an invaluable handbook to anyone compiling a family tree whose roots are in Liverpool.

Cheshire Life

The definitive guide to Liverpool roots.

Your Family Tree

If you're looking for your first guide to tracing your Liverpool ancestors, or wondering whether it's worth replacing your well worn first edition, this book would be an excellent choice and represents good value for money.

Liverpool Historian

The second and extensively revised edition of a highly successful book - one of the best in the Pen & Sword series of subject-specific handbooks for family historians. It is illustrated with many real life examples, often from the Royden family archives, and is a model of its kind and thoroughly recommended.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine


British Association for Local History online

Family History Monthly magazine (June 2010)

Family Tree magazine
April 2010
Ancestors magazine
March 2010

Chester Chronicle

February 2010
Ellesmere Port Pioneer

February 2010


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