My ancestor was in Service

Pamela Horn, Society of Genealogists , 2009, A5, 144pp, ISBN 9781907199011.

The author has published several important books about servants from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and this is her latest publication, full of useful information about their lives as well as where and how to discover further information about them. The chapters dicuss keeping servants, the daily rounds of male and female servants, hiring, firing and moving on and their social relationships with each other and, sometimes with the law. The book ends with suggested reading, references and the all-important index. Most of us will have at least one ancestor who was a servant, or lived in a house with at least one servant, and this research aid is therefore an essential research guide for your bookshelf.

Jean Debney

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