Research Guides

On The Gypsy Trail – Sources for the Family History of Gypsies

By Alan McGowan

Based on the author’s own research into Gypsy families in Hampshire and Surrey, this book advises the researcher how to locate entries for Gypsies, and how to overcome problems arising from Gypsies’ frequent avoidance of birth registration, marriage, and other formalities. Subjects covered include birth and baptism, names and occupations, marriage, death and burial, Poor Law records, census returns, court and police records, hawkers’ and pedlars’ licences, missions and schools, fairs and fairgrounds, printed sources, military records, special collections, indexes, personal recollection and family legend.
Includes ten illustrations of original documents. A5, 32 pages.

“This is an excellent guide to the consultation of miscellaneous source material which may result in the discovery of a Gypsy ancestor.”
Family Tree Magazine, November 1998

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My Ancestors Were Gypsies

By Sharon Sillers Floate

Third Edition – 2010
Published by the Society of Genealogists

A comprehensive guide to the sources available – and the techniques to use – to help you research your Gypsy family tree. This updated edition includes additional sections on the 1911 census and emigration, plus details of the many useful websites and publications that have appeared since the last edition in 2005. A5, 112 pages.

“This up-to-date edition … will be invaluable to all those who have encountered Gypsy ‘brickwalls’.”
Family Tree Magazine, January 2011

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 This page last updated: 15 May 2019.