The RTFHS publishes a wide variety of specialist publications to help you to trace your Romany Gypsy, Fairground and Traveller ancestors and find out more about your heritage. It includes research guides, a series containing the family trees of famous British Romany families, reprints of historic books about Gypsy life in Britain and titles about the history and culture of travelling people, to name a few.

We also sell books from other publishers that have a Gypsy, Fairground and Traveller family history theme. All our books are available to buy by mail order by post or by ordering online. Click on the links to find out more.

Research Guides

On The Gypsy Trail: Sources for the Family History of Gypsies – currently out of print
My Ancestors Were Gypsies

Gypsy Families

AYRES – But for a Little More Evidence – a Family History of William Ayres, Gypsy, 1806-1872
AYRES – But for Further Evidence – A Continuing History of William Ayres, Gypsy, 1806-1872
BOSWELL The Early Romany Boswells: A Family History 1650-1810 – Part 1: The Early Boswells and Famous Boswells
BOSWELL The Early Romany Boswells: A Family History 1650-1810 – Part 2: Boswells in Parish Records & The Blewitts, Scamps and Lovells
The Boyce and Beckett Trail
 Index of Buckland and Buckley Names from the Journals of the Gypsy Lore Society – currently out of print

The RTFHS Famous Families Series

NEW! TEN MAJOR GYPSY FAMILIES OF WALES & THE ENGLISH WEST & NORTH: Evans, Ryalls, Heaps, Holland, Florence, Scarrott, Sherriff, Charlotte, Warton and Heron

BOSWELL – The Family Tree of Viney Boswell
BUCKLAND – The Family Tree of Barrington Buckland
BUTLER – The Family Tree of Joseph and Letitia Butler
– The Family Trees of Francis & Mary Clayton and John & Mary Booth
DOE – The Family Tree of Francis Doe
– The Descendants of John and Jemima Elliott
GRAY – The Family Tree of Thomas and Elizabeth Gray – currently out of print
HEARN – The Family Trees of Benjamin and Thomas Hearn
LEE – The Family Trees of Damon and Thomas Lee – currently out of print
LOCK – The Family Tree of Matthew & Merrick Lock
The Family Tree of Daniel and Violetta Lovell
The Family Tree of Major and Susanna Lovell
– The Family Tree of William and Margaret Loveridge – currently out of print
SCAMP – The Family Tree of Samson and Celia Scamp
SMITH – The Family Tree of Woodfine Smith – currently out of print
STANLEY – The Family Trees of Hercules and Peter Stanley – new updated and expanded edition, March 2019
STANLEY – The Family Trees of Paul & Peter and Richard & Owen Stanley

Ordering two or more books in a single order and want to pay by Sterling cheque? Contact us first at sales[at] to see if we can offer you a combined postage rate.

1891 Census Transcriptions

Some Travellers in the 1891 Census – Volume 2

History and Lifestyle

The Gypsy Countess
British Gypsy and Traveller History to 1900 Through Art
Gypsies of Britain

A Calendar of Fairs and Markets – currently out of print
The Winchester Confessions 1615-1616 – currently out of print
Mi Zee of Kolliko – My Own Memories
My Favourite Traveller Ancestor – currently out of print

Reprints of Classic Books

The Gipsies’ Advocate by James Crabb
The Gypsies by John Hoyland

Romany Routes Indexes and Back Issues

Romany Routes Volumes 1 to 9 on CD-ROM: 20th anniversary edition – currently out of print
Romany Routes Volumes 3, 4 and 5: free online name and place indexes
Romany Routes binders
Romany Routes Back Issues, Volumes 10 to 12

Written a book that you’d like us to publish?

The RTFHS welcomes proposals for new publications both from RTFHS members and non-members. So if you’re writing something you’d like us to consider, please get in touch. See our Contact page for details.

And if you’re a publisher with books with a British Romany, Traveller or Fairground family history theme that you think would interest RTFHS members, please contact us.

This page last updated:  8 May 2019.