Civil war ancestors

This guide was last updated in 2010

The English Civil War, which was fought in a series of conflicts between the Crown and Parliament from 1642 to 1651, was a bloody period in history.

The execution of King Charles I in 1649 was followed by a decade of rule without a monarch, first as a commonwealth and then as a protectorate. Not until 1660 was Charles II restored to his father’s throne.

If you are lucky enough to be able to trace your ancestors to this exciting and turbulent time, you are sure to want to find out more about what they were doing: whether they fought, which side they were on and what the consequences were.

Fortunately for Nick Hewer, his ancestor Edward Nott was involved in many high-profile activities that have left many records, but what about those of us with more humble ancestors? How do we find out more about their involvement in the Civil War?


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