How many times have you gone into the bookshop in your local High Street, only to find that the family history publication that you were seeking was not available? Well, with genealogy being such a specialist field that is quite likely to be the case.
However, at Parish Chest, we are those specialists and have a family history bookshop that will meet your requirements. However, this is no ordinary family history and genealogy bookshop. This is a magical place where you can get lost for hours, browsing what is on offer.
You will find books about former occupations, church and clergy, superstition and customs together with Home Office records of courts, crime and punishment. I wonder where you will find your Black Sheep! You will become spellbound with the biographies of famous historical figures and it may be that you have an interest in old photographs and postcards and become immersed in seeing what life was like for your ancestors. If you have found that your ancestors suddenly came into fortune, you may want to learn more about wills and probate. At the other end of the social scale, poor law, bastardy or workhouse records will be able to help you learn about the destitution that was suffered and will point your research in the right direction. Today, we leave a paper trail of who we are and where we have been. So did our ancestors and their details are held in school and college records, poll books and voters lists, mortgage, lease and marriage deeds.
If you have a friend or relative - or maybe it's you - who has an interest in seafaring, then there are books that can bring a flavour of life on the ocean waves to your door. Books on history, heraldry, pedigrees, peerages and visitations are also popular.
Step inside the Family History Bookshop at Parish Chest, make yourself comfortable and settle down for a good read.