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House and family history books

Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson

Lawson Lies Still in the ThamesNewly released in May 2017 and available now from Amberley Books.

At the beginning of his diary, on 1st January 1660, Samuel Pepys noted that ‘Lawson lies still in the River’. A mere two weeks before, amid rioting in the streets of London and with Parliament under the control of the army, Vice‑Admiral John Lawson had taken a fleet of twenty-two warships into the Thames and, in defence of Parliament, blockaded the city..

Despite being a staunch republican, Lawson would later aid the Restoration of Charles II, and died from wounds received in battle during the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1665.

This biography charts the tumultuous life and times of an ordinary seaman born in Scarborough who would come to play a major role in the English Civil War, the Restoration, the Anglo-Dutch Wars and the start of the transformation of England into a global political and economic power in the seventeenth century.


Writing Your Family History - A Guide to Family Historians

Writing Your Family HistoryReleased in September 2014 and available now from Pen and Sword books.

A practical step-by-step guide to writing a family history is designed for anyone who wants to bring their ancestors’ stories to life. It looks at ways of overcoming the particular problems family historians face when writing a family history - how to deal with gaps in knowledge, how to describe generations of people who did the same jobs or lived in the same area, how to cover the numerous births, marriages and deaths that occur, and when to stop researching and start writing.

The book provides examples to help readers find their own writing style, deal with family stories, missing pieces of information and anomalies. It also offers advice on key aspects of composition, such as adding local and social history context and using secondary material. The focus throughout is on how to develop a story from beginning to end.

Exercises are a key feature of the text. There is guidance on the various formats a family history can take and how to choose the appropriate one, with examples of format and layout. Production and publishing are also covered – books, booklets, newsletters, websites, blogs and ebooks.

Tracing Your House HistoryTracing Your House History - A Guide for Family Historians

My book Tracing Your House History was released at the end of March 2013. It can be ordered via the publishers Pen and Sword Books.

Copies can also be bought from the Book Depository and Amazon. E-books are available from Kindle and Kobo.

Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors - A Guide for Family Historians

This is my first book, covering research techniques and explaining local history. The two topics are inter-related, because knowledge of local events is essential in explaining changes in living circumstances and making informed guesses about where to look next for documents.

Tracing Your East Anglian AncestorsThe book covers all the major record types used to establish a family tree, but principally looks at fleshing out a family tree with details of who your ancestors were and how they lived.

Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex are the main counties covered, as one would expect from a book on East Anglia. A number of reviews can be found below.

To buy Tracing Your East Anglian Ancestors - A Guide for Family Historians for £12 + P&P please email me at

Personalised books

I write personalised house history books for individual clients, details of which can be found here for businesses and here for private clients.

Reviews of My Books

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