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


Family History and our Pets

It started with a Tweet. Academics from Royal Holloway and the University of Manchester were investigating how we interacted with our pets between 1837 and 1939. As part of the project they were asking for pre-second world war photographs of family pets. I am fortunate to have a large number of photographs from my mother’s family and yes there were […]


Using Historical Novels for Family History 1

Good family historians want to know about the lives that their ancestors led and to put those ancestors into the national, local and social historical context of their time. We can and should, investigate that background by using reference books, websites and museums. A painless way of absorbing more information can be through reading historical novels. If the novels are […]


Fishing for Ancestors

I have recently been preparing an article for the May issue of Going In-Depth about Fishwives and Herring Girls but my thoughts have also turned to sources for the men in our families who put to sea in search of food. Fishing is one of the oldest occupations and those who performed this, often hazardous, task were vital members of […]


The Twentieth Century – not really history? 5

Family historians often neglect the twentieth century as being ‘not really history’. Some of us have lived through half of the twentieth century; we think we know all there is to know. There is however plenty to be discovered about the more recent individuals on our family tree and the communities in which they lived. Twentieth century research brings with […]