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My Ancestor was a ... Bastard (Revised reprint 2011)

A guide to sources for illegitimacy in England and Wales

Ruth Paley

A5, 90 pages, ISBN: 978-1-903462-78-2

Unless you are very lucky indeed, tracing information about illegitimate ancestors in England and Wales will never be straightforward, and it may in the end prove to be impossible. But by making an effort to understand something about the economic, cultural and legal boundaries that shaped the world of the unmarried mother and her child, then you will at least be able to make educated guesses about the searches that are most likely to get results. This guide is intended to help you do just that.

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