Janet Few

Janet Few

Janet Few is an experienced family, social and community historian who is sought after as a lecturer throughout the UK, overseas and at sea. She has written several books of interest to genealogists and contributes to academic and more popular local and family history journals. She is a regular columnist for The In-depth Genealogist magazine. A qualified family historian, Janet also has a doctorate in applied local history and holds a certificate in adult education. She is the current UK and Commonwealth gold medal holder in the international Genealogical Rockstars’ poll.

Working as an historical interpreter, Janet spends time living in the seventeenth century as her alter ego, Mistress Agnes. Her book, Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors, describes the social history of the period. She is the manager of Swords and Spindles https://swordsandspindles.wordpress.com, a company providing living history presentations for schools, heritage sites, history societies and social groups. Her latest project is an historical novel, based on the true story of a couple who were accused of murdering their daughter. Barefoot on the Cobbles is due for publication in November.

Janet has a particular interest in the history of medicine and tutors the online course, In Sickness and in Death: researching the ill-health and deaths of your ancestors for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring.

Janet is passionate about engaging people of all ages with history and heritage and seeks innovative ways to bring this about. Further information can be found on her website  http://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com.

Occupational Hazards: the working lives of our ancestors


Genealogists try to discover how family members earned their living but do not always consider the effect that the associated working conditions may have had. In the days before Health and Safety, many of the occupations undertaken by our ancestors were injurious to health. Some, such as mining or fishing were clearly dangerous but what […]

Social History