Janet Few


About Janet Few

Janet Few is an experienced family, social and community historian who writes and lectures regularly on these subjects throughout the English speaking world. She is well known for her appearances as her alter ego ‘Mistress Agnes’ who aids Janet’s work as an historical interpreter. Janet is the manager of Swords and Spindles https://swordsandspindles.wordpress.com, a company providing living history presentations for history groups and schools. For further information see http://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com


Our Worshipping Ancestors 1   Recently updated !

With religion being such a central part of almost all our ancestors’ lives, it is important to be aware of the options that they had for worship in the communities in which they lived. Even if they were adherents of the established church, the arrival of alternative denominations in an area had an impact on the lives of all the […]


DNA Dilemmas 2

DNA testing for genealogical purposes has never been more popular but it is not without its drawbacks. All too often, people bemoan the fact that potential DNA connections have provided no family information to their testing company of choice, or that they fail to respond to emails. There is however a more serious issue. Somewhere in the fairly small print […]


Working from Home

Many of our female ancestors combined their family responsibilities with working from home. These ‘home industries’ were usually undertaken on a piece-work basis, with the raw materials being delivered weekly and the finished products being collected and paid for the following week. This was often an activity that the rest of the family could also participate in, with the younger […]


High Days and Holy-Days

In the hard-working lives of our ancestors, celebrations and days off were a rarity and therefore all the more highly prized. If we want to understand more about how our family spent their time, it is worth investigating what special occasions might have been held in their communities. Even market days and fairs were a break from the routine. In […]