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'!

(review:******) Family History Monthly June 2010)

Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors
A Guide for Family Historians
Mike Royden

Pen & Sword
Paperback 272 pages
ISBN: 9781844159901
Published: 18 January 2010
11.99 (was 14.99)

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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 25 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)

You can view 22 example pages here:


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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