Same Sex Love 1700–1957
A History and Research Guide
This first history of gay relationships aimed specifically at family historians offers valuable insights into the lives of those who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Empathetic and well researched, it records the ways in which gay men and women lived, from the Mollies and Sapphists of Georgian England to those affected by the Wolfenden Report of 1957, and offers research tips for genealogists.
A History of Adoption in England and Wales
Gill Rossini traces the social history of adoption from the ‘fallen woman’ and makeshift arrangements for unwanted children and orphans of the 19th century, through the 1926 Adoption of Children Act to the shift in attitudes that followed the NHS release of the contraceptive pill in 1961. Rossini’s study uses real stories; deals with topics such as charitable institutions, baby farming, the First World War, and the 1945 illegitimate baby boom; and ends with a guide to resources for researching an adoption.