Tracing Your Kent Ancestors
A Guide For Family & Local Historians - published June 2016
Genealogically and historically, Kent is an important maritime county which has played a prime defensive role in English history. It is large and diverse and replete with great houses, castles and other family homes, many with their own archives. It is also a fascinating area of research for family and local historians, and David Wright’s handbook is the perfect guide to it.
For thirty-five years he has been working with the various Kent archives, and his extensive experience means he is uniquely well placed to introduce them to other researchers and show how they can be used. He summarizes the many different classes of Kent records, both national and local. For the first time he draws together the best of modern indexing and cataloguing along with other long-established sources to produce a balanced and up-to-date overview of Kentish genealogical sources – where to find them, their contents and utility to researchers.
Tracing Your Kent Ancestors is essential reading and reference for newcomers to family history, and it will be a mine of practical information for researchers who have already started to work in the field.
"In attempting to offer an entirely objective and unbiased testimony of your recent publication, 'Tracing Your Kent Ancestors', I would, unhesitatingly, recommend the book for anyone embarking on a family history research project. I have read it from cover-to-cover and I found it to be a fully comprehensive, one-stop guide covering all the salient topics of family history research from which, in my view, both the novice researcher starting-out on discovering their family's history as well as the more experienced amateur historian can gain some very valuable advice, guidance and ideas. In my opinion, the book offers excellent value."
Family Tree Magazine asked me to write a few words about what I thought might be potentially valuable but underused (ie not on the Internet!) genealogical sources. Fortunately this was not difficult as East Kent has very rich material, all available at the Canterbury or Maidstone Archives. After the basics, everybody is wanting extra details to flesh out their ancestors' home and lives.