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Karen Clare takes a look at some new titles of interest in the world of family history

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Who Was Ann Gregg? by David Cooper Holmes

In his book subtitled The untold true story of one of Cumberland’s most determined felons, David Cooper Holmes reveals the astonishing biography of his 5x greatgrandmother, uncovered while researching his family history. Born in 1756, Ann Gregg was a notorious petty criminal who roamed the northern English counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, Northumberland and Durham as a member – and possibly leader – of a gang. Ann was an enigmatic and colourful character with 14 aliases who was jailed in at least seven different institutions (escaping four times) and avoided the death penalty and transportation – twice! Somehow she found time to produce 13 children (with four born in gaol) but was widowed when her husband died on a prison hulk. A friend was a local well-known prostitute who often dressed as a man and at least four of Ann’s children seem to have followed her example, with her granddaughter even starting a mutiny onboard her transportation ship.

Ann’s thrilling story is told thanks to the hugely impressive research of David, who has also connected with dozens of other living descendants along the way – including more than 50 distant cousins across the world who have contributed to his DNA project. This is an engaging personal research journey involving family history detection skills at their best, full of intriguing twists and turns… and inspiration and advice for anyone embarking on their own genealogy adventure.

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