My Ancestor Was Irish

Where Did My Ancestors Come From – A British Guide

Finding out where our ancestors came from can be difficult for us family historians if we do not know where to look. In this ‘Where Did My Ancestors Come From‘ article I will discuss books that will help you to discover your British heritage.

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If our ancestors lived on the other side of the world and we are not familiar with our ancestors’ homeland then it can be difficult to know where to start and this is where these guides will help you.

Helping you discover your British heritage!

Britain has a rich history, dating back 800,000 years to the Lower Palaeolithic period to be exact.

The British Isles consists of the countries England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries together with Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom.

In this review, I want to help you to discover your British heritage.

I will show you how to trace your Irish and Scottish ancestors.

London has and still is the most populous city in the UK. Like me, you may have English ancestry in your blood.

And it is quite probable that they were Londoners. I will explore how you can get your ancestors’ London records and where to look.

The last book in this review will help you if you have ancestors from the West Indies. It will mainly look at your British ancestors who settled in this Caribbean region.

4 Helpful Books To Trace Your Ancestors

These four books will help you to research your British ancestors and are reviewed in this post.

My Ancestor Was Irish     My Ancestors Were Londoners

My Scottish Was Scottish     My Ancestor Settled In The British West Indies

Please note!

These books are available to you in the US and the UK.

They will cover what it is to have British ancestry. They will show you where to look for your ancestors’ records and how you can overcome problems in your research.

With the exception of the ‘My Ancestors Were Londoners‘ book, these books are available in the Kindle format.

So, once you buy them then you can immediately start to trace your ancestors. There is no waiting for a book to arrive in the mail.

If you do wish to purchase a paperback then there are links available when you go through to the Amazon product.

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My Ancestor Was IrishMy Ancestor Was Irish

If you have Irish ancestry then you may stumble into a brick wall with your genealogy research.

During the Irish Civil War in 1922 maybe records were destroyed.

Your ancestors’ records were most probably destroyed in the Public Records Office during a two-day bombardment on the building.

However, not all is lost as this book will help you recover what records are available to you.

It will show you where and how to retrieve these vital pieces of information that can help you trace your Irish heritage.

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My Ancestor Was Irish Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size9834KB
Pages115 pages
AuthorFrank Alan Stewart
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedOctober 1, 2012

This book will help guide you through the pitfalls and problems that you will come across. It will give you many tips and advice along the way.

This Second Edition has been updated with new resources that will help you along your Irish journey.


It includes resources many new resources that are available to you. These include the many online records that have been uploaded to the Internet.

My Ancestors Were LondonersMy Ancestors Were Londoners

London as you may know is the capital of England.

Not only is it the capital but it is quite literally the financial hub of Great Britain and also governs the British Isles.

It is also a leading global city in many areas, such as arts, commerce, and fashion.

According to 2011, there were nearly 10 million inhabitants listed within this bustling city.

What’s more incredible is that one-sixth of the population of Wales and England combined live in the capital city.

Also, a high proportion of these people always lived in London.

My Ancestors Were Londoners Details

Book TypePaperback
Pages51 pages
AuthorCliff Webb
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedJune 2002
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With these facts in mind, it is no doubt that you may discover a Londoner within your family tree.

If so then you may be wondering how to get information on them.

My own London connection!

One branch of my family tree grew up and lived in Norfolk, a county north of the capital. They would later make the move to London to find alternative work.

So, even if your ancestors didn’t originate in this city they may have possibly moved to the capital for a number of reasons, probably work.


This guide will help you to trace your London ancestry.

It doesn’t have to be an impossible task as this guide will guide you through the resources that you can use.

My Ancestor Was ScottishMy Scottish Was Scottish

Located at the northern end of the UK, Scotland has a diverse culture and rich heritage.

Today it has more than half the population of London, at over 5 million people.

Many people from around the world can claim Scottish ancestry.

Scotland has played a significant role in the shaping of the British Isles.

For example, this country is well-known for its engineers. One such engineer built bridges over the River Thames in London.

My Ancestor Was Scottish Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size5072KB
Pages119 pages
AuthorAlan Stewart
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedJuly 1, 2012
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I have probably digressed here but what I wanted to point out is Scotland’s rich history.

We have all know about kilts and bagpipes, tartan, and even the delicacy known as haggis.

Your guide to Scottish ancestry!

If you want to know more about your Scottish ancestry then this book is for you.

You will not only find your ancestors with this resource but it will also give you a true understanding of their homeland.


So, if you are interested in tracing your Scottish ancestry then this book is for you.

It will help you explore birth, death, and marriage records and importantly how to find them.

Other resources that will be explored include Census and church records, wills, and also what is available on the Internet.

My Ancestor Settled In The British West Indiesmy-ancestor-settled-in-the-british-west-indies

The West Indies is a region located in the North Atlantic Ocean within the Caribbean.

It also includes the surrounding waters of three major island chains.

Part of this region is known as the British West Indies, also sometimes referred to as BWI.

Today though it is now called the British Overseas Territories.

These include the Caribbean, Anguilla, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands Turks, and Caicos Islands, and Montserrat.

Most of these territories are separate independent countries.

My Ancestor Settled In British West Indies Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size12098KB
Pages250 pages
AuthorJohn Titford
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedNovember 12, 2014
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8 colonies of West Indies (1912):

  • The Bahamas
  • Bermuda
  • British Guiana
  • British Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Windward Islands
  • The Leeward Islands

So, if you want to discover your British ancestors who moved to the West Indies then this book is for you.

The book is divided into different sections that will explore each of these territories. All of these sections are laid out simply that are easy to use and digest.


It will show you all of the records that are available to you.

Along the way, while you research this part of your ancestry it will show the many pitfalls and brick walls that you may encounter.

In my opinion, it is a very useful book for the family historian!

My Final Thoughts

These four books will help you trace your British ancestry. They can help get you on the right track and show you where you need to look for records.

You may also like to check out the Where did your ancestors come? from the guide at the Who Do You Think You Are website.

There you will find resources and information to trace your Australian, German, Indian, Irish, South African, and Spanish ancestors, as well as more besides.

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12 thoughts on “Where Did My Ancestors Come From – A British Guide”

  1. Hi Owain,

    These books on finding our ancestors look good. I’m Scottish but my Dad is English so ancestry has always been a keen hobby of mine. I’m interested in the Scottish and Londoners books.

    Do you know if the Londoners book covers Greater London, on the outskirts, or is it just focused on the city centre so to speak? I’d imagine the Scottish one covers all of Scotland. I know I have ancestors in and around the London area.

    1. Hi Craig and thank you for your comments.

      As long as your ancestors from London then this guide book will help you. Even if they weren’t from the inner city itself they may have even travelled their for work. As I. Have said before it is a great little book that will help you with your London ancestry.

  2. It is too bad that records are destroyed in Irish Civil War. Do you think My Ancestor Was Irish book has all the information available or will I need any other resources?

    1. This book can help to out you in the right direction and show where you can look. So it’s not all brick walls when it comes to tracing Irish ancestry.

  3. Hi Owain,
    This was a very interesting piece, a relative of mine traced her family history back 250 years on before the trail dried up. Would this range of books be able to help her carry on do you think?

  4. Hi Owain,

    My Father has traced his family tree back over many generations, as you say it is truly fascinating.

    I have always wondered how you do this, my Dad did this years ago, before the internet became the household tool that we know today. I am interested in tracing my Mother’s side of the family, who will have connections with London I guess as they lived in Kent, about 40 miles from London.

    I will have a look at the guide to tracing your ancestors in London and let you know how I get on!

    All the best,

    Kaz 🙂

  5. I’m sure you are aware that Irish and Scottish history is intertwined. I was born in Northern Ireland but my accent has a Scottish twang to it, and many people say I’m Scottish, when I’m obviously not.
    Great article. Well done.

    1. The same can be pretty much said for the Welsh as there is a strong Celtic connection between these countries. It can be frustrating for us when outsiders confuse where we come from.

  6. What a wonderful information-dense article. My husband is very involved in genealogy and has traced his ancestry back many generations. But I can see where this could also be of interest to anyone who writes historical fiction or certain subgenres of fantasy. I think I could easily get lost in delving through these books.

    1. I too have written my family history. Through my book I have explored the lives of my ancestors. I have written about their live and their family. What has helped me is books like this. In my pages I have written about what my ancestors jobs were like. I hope that future generations will cherish what I have preserved.

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