After many years of personal family history research and several years as a professional genealogist, I had long been aware of the need for a book focusing on research in the period immediately before civil registration. In the continuing absence of such a book, I eventually decided to write one myself, which subsequently evolved into two complementary books. Tracing Your Pre-Victorian Ancestors: A Guide to Research Methods for Family Historians, which was published in February 2017, is aimed at researchers with some experience of research before 1837. Tracing Your Georgian Ancestors 1714-1837 focuses on sources and the relevant historical background, and will be published early in 2018. It is aimed at both total newcomers to research before 1837 and researchers who wish to learn more about the sources available for research in this period.
This website includes further information about these two books, and also an account of my research into the ancestry of William Davenport, an ancestor of Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge. As I have now retired from carrying out research for clients, the name of this website has changed from John Wintrip Genealogy Services to John Wintrip: Genealogy Specialist.