Book Recommendation: Women’s Lives: Researching Women’s Social History 1800-1939

Author:  Jennifer Newby
  • Paperback:224 pages
  • Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 1st edition (20 Oct 2011)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • ISBN-10:1848843682
  • ISBN-13:978-1848843684
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm

Product Description

Jennifer Newby’s guide to women’s social history between 1800 and 1930 includes essential starting points for women’s history research. Women’s lives have traditionally gone unrecorded in history. But housewives, factory girls and servants all had their own distinctive voices, and, if you know where to look, there are plenty of sources to explore.A useful handbook for family historians, as well as an engaging read for social history lovers, each chapter focuses on a different group, with suggestions for further reading and a helpful timeline. Compare the lives of factory workers, middle-class women, domestic servants, criminals, aristocrats and agricultural labourers. Hear the voices of obscure women alongside those of celebrities – from rebellious servant Hannah Cullwick to daring aristocrat, Lady Colin Campbell, prostitute Ellen Reece, and bored middle-class daughter, Katherine Chorley.

If you want to trace female ancestors or simply discover more about how women lived in the past, then this book is ideal to help you get started with your own research!

About the Author

Jennifer Newby is the editor of Family History Monthly magazine, and previously worked on Ancestors magazine at The National Archives. She has a BA in English from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and an MA in Magazine Journalism. She has a long-standing interest in women’s social history and writes a blog on the subject at

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