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In the British Isles, for well over one thousand years many people from all walks of life have been putting their names and other personal details on a variety of metal objects. Initially there was a need to identify or be identified and from around the seventeenth century an increasing need to advertise trades or professions. In addition the crown, the armed forces and civilian institutions increasingly awarded medals and badges for service and merit. The result is that there are thousands upon thousands of metal objects around engraved with personal details, any of which your ancestor, regardless of how humble, may have made, used or been awarded.
In the United Kingdom (UK), there are some 30,000 metal detectorists busily unearthing this ancestral metalwork, which is not only bringing to light countless thousands of lost or discarded items but spawning studious research and volumes of new and revised literature on the history and ancestry behind these metal objects. So, often with little more effort than a visit to you local library, you can get your hands on extensive catalogues of detailed information revealing potential ancestors and more genealogical and family history information than you will generally find in church records. And remember these metal records date back as far as 750 years before parish records began.
If you are researching family history, this book will not only guide you swiftly to sources that may take your ancestry back into the mists of time but also describe a number of ways that you can get your hands on the objects themselves, whether they have been lost, discarded or sold and often at little or no cost. If you have ever handled an object your ancestor made, used or...Read More detail