Genealogist Keith Gregson takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour of quirky family stories and strange ancestors rooted out by amateur and professional family historians. The lively entries tell the story behind each discovery and then offer a brief insight into how the researcher found and followed up their leads. They reveal a range of chance encounters and the detective qualities required of a family historian. Readers will meet all kinds of interesting personalities and be introduced to a range of fascinating source materials, stretching from an eighteenth century shopping note, to a photograph of an event that never happened, to a family grave with a missing body. They will travel from a far-flung Shetland Isle down to the bottom of a Cornish copper mine and across the vast margins of the former British colonies via the USA to Australia and New Zealand. A Viking in the Family is full of unexpected discoveries in the branches of family trees and encourages budding genealogists to delve into the hidden corners of their family history.
KEITH GREGSON taught history in schools for thirty years and now researches and writes feature articles for a number of family history and general history magazines. He is the author of Tracing Your Northern Ancestors (Pen & Sword, 2007). He lives in Sunderland.