Few120Dr Janet Few (England) – experienced family, social and community historian, She works as an historical interpreter, spending time living in the C17th as Mistress Agnes
Janet is now in her fourth decade of family and local history research and lectures regularly on these subjects. A qualified family historian, who holds the advanced certificate in Genealogy and Heraldry awarded by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Janet has been involved in family history at a national level. She was education liaison officer for the Federation of Family History Societies for several years, having the responsibility for facilitating the training of family history teachers. Janet has acted as the local agent for several national research companies and has worked with the Who Do You Think You Are? programme. Janet is currently President of the Isle of Wight Family History Society, Vice Chair of The Society for One-Place Studies and the leader of the North Devon group of Devon Family History Society, running family history classes on behalf of the society. She is also an accomplished, prize-winning, author. Janet was the critical reader and family history advisor to the Open University with regard to the course ‘Family and Community History’; a course that she went on to tutor. Janet completed her doctorate at the University of Exeter, researching migration patterns in nineteenth century North Devon. Her particular geographical areas of expertise are the South West of England and the Isle of Wight. As her alter ego, Mistress Agnes, Janet spends time living in the seventeenth century, where she imparts information about life in the time of the English Civil War. Her book about seventeenth century social history Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors was published in 2012. Janet’s re-edit of the family history classic Family Historians’ Enquire Within and her book about one Place Studies Putting your Ancestors in their Place were both published recently.

Website: https://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com

Unlock the Past Cruises – 8th, 14th & 16th



  • Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors
  • A to Z of Family History: an alphabetical journey through some less well known UK sources
  • Putting your Ancestors in their Place: a guide to one place studies
  • The Ones that got Away: tracing migrant ancestors Covering suggestions for tracking down emigrants, immigrants and those that just like to move about. UK based.
  • Harnessing the Facebook Generation: encouraging young people to take an interest in family and local history
  • Tracing your UK ancestors in the early twentieth century
  • How our Ancestors would have Died 1300-1948: common causes of death in the UK
  • Farm, Fish, Faith or Family?: motivations for emigration from North Devon 1830-1900 OR Uproar and Disorder: the impact of the Bible Christians in SW England