Posted by on 7 February 2012 in Record Collections

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, our favourite Victorian literary author, we are giving away two copies of Nick Barratt’s Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy books, signed by TV presenter and historian Tony Robinson.

This Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a step-by-step guide to tracing your family history and will help you bring to life your family’s past by building out your family tree and illuminating what your ancestors’ lives were really like.

Charles Dickens - 1851 Census

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us who your favourite Dickensian character is by posting their name as a comment below.  Perhaps it is Miss Havisham from ‘Great Expectations’ or Josiah Bounderby in ‘Hard Times’?   

All entrants will be entered into a prize draw and two will be selected at random.  

Goodluck everyone!

*By leaving a comment, you agree to accept these terms and conditions. The Promoter of the prize draw is Ancestry.com Europe S.à r.l., 31 of rue Philippe II, L-2340 Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 or over except employees or agents of the Promoter or its group companies. Only one entry per person. Closing date is midnight GMT on the 12th February 2012. No responsibility can be accepted for comments that are not correctly posted or received for whatever reason. The Promoter will enter all the correct responses into a prize draw and two winners will be drawn at random after the closing date. The prize consists of two of Nick Barratt’s Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy books, signed by Tony Robinson.  The prizes cannot be exchanged for money. The winners will be notified by e-mail within three days of the closing date. If a winner cannot be contacted within one week of being notified, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to an alternate winner. The Promoter’s decision is final and binding. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be offered, and the prizes are not transferable. The Promoter reserves the right to modify the prize draw terms and conditions at any time without notice. Any personal information received by the Promoter in connection with this prize draw will be used solely in accordance with the Promoter’s Privacy Statement and you also consent to the Promoter using your name for administrative and promotional purposes relating to the prize draw. For details of the winners, write to the Promoter at 3rd Floor, Waterfront Building, Hammersmith Embankment, Chancellors Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RU.

.

112 Comments

Carole Picton 

Abel Magwitch from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 3:27 pm
Felicity House 

Wilkins Micawber from David Copperfield

7 February 2012 at 3:30 pm
Laura Johnson 

Lucie Manette from A Tale of The Two Citys

7 February 2012 at 3:30 pm
Leigh Ann Summers 

Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit) is my favourite.

7 February 2012 at 3:31 pm
Vicki Pluckrose 

Bob Cratchit – A Christmas Carol.

My G. Grandfather was a Lawyer’s Clerk and lived in Theobalds road, close to where Charles Dickenson lived. However, from Ancestry research I found that he lived the last 20yrs of his life in the workhouse.
I can relate to Bob Cratchit.

7 February 2012 at 3:31 pm
David Bailey 

Trotty Veck

7 February 2012 at 3:33 pm
Isobelle Bertrand 

Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:34 pm
JANE LEGGITT 

MR MICAWBER – From David Copperfield,
who reminds me of my Grandfather, when He was alive. I am researching him now through Ancestry.co.uk.

7 February 2012 at 3:36 pm
Alison Sanguy 

Bob Cratchit – A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 3:37 pm
Bryan Millar 

Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:38 pm
Dawn Woodgate 

Amy Dorrit, from Little Dorrit

7 February 2012 at 3:39 pm
keith holden 

fagin from oliver twist

7 February 2012 at 3:41 pm
Mary Lucking 

Nancy from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:41 pm
Monica Cripe 

Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 3:44 pm
Joyce Malone 

Martin Chuzzlewit

7 February 2012 at 3:44 pm
Paul Whitaker 

David Copperfield

7 February 2012 at 3:45 pm
Michelle Mullen 

The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:47 pm
Claire Payne 

Nancy from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:48 pm
Sheila Littleton 

Fezziwig from a Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 3:49 pm
Stacey Eoods 

Abel Magwitch from Great Expectations – his back story is just so sad…

7 February 2012 at 3:52 pm
Dave Rogers 

Maybe a less popular book – but John Rokesmith from Our Mutual Friend is a compelling character.

7 February 2012 at 3:53 pm
Paul Ellis 

Krook from Bleak House

7 February 2012 at 3:53 pm
Cheryl Barwell 

Uriah Heep from David Copperfield

7 February 2012 at 3:54 pm
Juliet Pratt 

Betsy Trotwood from David Copperfield.

7 February 2012 at 3:55 pm
Val Stuart 

Mr Bazzard from The Mystery of Edwin Drood

7 February 2012 at 3:55 pm
Jayne Power 

Nancy from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 3:58 pm
Jane Kirton-Smith 

Miss Mowcher (Charles Dickens)
She is so me!

7 February 2012 at 3:59 pm
Ian Partridge 

Abel Magwitch from Great Expectations.

7 February 2012 at 4:04 pm
Rebecca O'Gara 

Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 4:04 pm
Jo Jackson 

The Ghost of Christmases Past from A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 4:06 pm
Catherine Horner 

Betsy Trotwood from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 4:06 pm
Tracey Ford 

Martin Chuzzlewit…
Also Charles Dickens is my Paternal Grandfather of the wife of my 4th cousin twice removed. Quite a find in my research x

7 February 2012 at 4:07 pm
Peter Coles 

Pip from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 4:07 pm
Gloria Mills 

Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol) – hard-working but overworked, underpaid (!)

7 February 2012 at 4:08 pm
Helen Payne 

Noddy Boffin from Our Mutual Friend.

7 February 2012 at 4:10 pm
Chrissy Doyle-Ward 

Amy Dorrit from Little Dorrit

7 February 2012 at 4:11 pm
Cindy Davies 

Oliver From Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 4:12 pm
June Mahoney 

I loved little Doritt. and would love the book

7 February 2012 at 4:12 pm
Jan Spall 

The Artful Dodger.

7 February 2012 at 4:13 pm
Emma West 

Artful dodger!! :-)

7 February 2012 at 4:20 pm
Sharon~Rose Reid 

Nell Trent from The Old Curiosity Shop..

7 February 2012 at 4:22 pm
Mrs Ann Woodgate 

The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 4:25 pm
Stephen Dawson 

Scrooge [Christmas Carol]

Past-life niece was read-the-book by-her-boss Henry J Fate on day-of-publication; she loved reading & the Disney Adaptation.

Spending most-of 2010 in her home-town Elizabeth visited Manchester Central Library opened-by Charles Darwin & William Thackery: http://www.porterville.co.uk/

7 February 2012 at 4:27 pm
Leslie Cannon 

The Ghost of

The Ghost of Christmas Present from A Christmas Carol

christmas

7 February 2012 at 4:27 pm
Leslie Cannon 

oops, sorry, computer issue

7 February 2012 at 4:28 pm
Elle Paterson 

Nancy from Oliver Twist is my favourite Dickensian character because she is a kind woman with a heart of gold who risked her life for Oliver.

7 February 2012 at 4:29 pm
Sharon Nutley 

Ebenezer Scrooge – A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 4:30 pm
Ray Worden 

Uriah Heep

7 February 2012 at 4:31 pm
Elle Paterson 

Nancy from Oliver Twist is my favourite Dickensian character because she is a kind woman with a heart of gold who risks her life for Oliver.

7 February 2012 at 4:32 pm
Eve Thirkle 

It’s got to be Nancy from Oliver Twist … having discovered my 4G grandmother in 1871 in the Magdelen Home for Reformed Prostitutes and then followed her career through one marriage and four other men I have a sneaking suspicion she was very like Nancy :-)

7 February 2012 at 4:38 pm
Charis Fenton-Wilkinson 

Madame Defarge from A Tale of Two Cities

7 February 2012 at 4:49 pm
michelle taylor 

I vote for Oliver Twist as my Gt Grandfather was an orphan child and my Gt Gt Grandfather died in the Bethnal Green Workhouse.

7 February 2012 at 4:50 pm
Guy Boocock 

Mrs Nickleby

7 February 2012 at 4:55 pm
Rosemary Rowley 

Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol.

7 February 2012 at 5:11 pm
Helen Atkinson 

Nancy from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 5:17 pm
Jan Dalby 

Barnaby Rudge’s Raven Grip, if that counts as a character, for the humour.

7 February 2012 at 5:19 pm
keith harley 

Ebeneezer Scrooge – A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 5:22 pm
Jeremy Miles 

Joe Gargery from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 5:24 pm
Helen Izzard 

Fred from aA Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 5:31 pm
Teresa Cruickshank 

Uriah Heep

7 February 2012 at 5:31 pm
Alan Bloomfield 

Ebeneezer Scrooge

7 February 2012 at 5:39 pm
Amanda Prowse 

Pip from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 5:41 pm
Maureen Thomas 

Samuel Weller from The Pickwick Papers

7 February 2012 at 5:53 pm
Kate Jones 

Estella from Great Expectations

7 February 2012 at 5:55 pm
Mal Midwood 

Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 5:56 pm
Fran Martin Hooper 

Artful Dodger, because like me as kid, had to think on his feet-to stay one step ahead to survive.

7 February 2012 at 5:56 pm
Karen Collyer 

My husband’s favourite character is Mr Bumble from Oliver Twist.

7 February 2012 at 6:02 pm
Julie 

Oliver twist

7 February 2012 at 6:14 pm
Luke Hopper 

The artful dodger is the obvious choice for me, the way that dickens creates dodger’s wit and cleverness is just pure gold, I never get bored when reading Oliver Twist, it is the kind of book that you could read 1000 times and never get bored!

7 February 2012 at 6:14 pm
LIsa Glover 

Joe Gargery from Great Expectations – hardworking, honest and family loving who sttod bythem no matter what

7 February 2012 at 6:19 pm
christine crawford 

Pip from ‘Great Expectations’ I love that story, although it was a hard choice because Charles Dickens was a brilliant author.

7 February 2012 at 6:20 pm
Jacky 

Abel Magwitch for me!

7 February 2012 at 6:23 pm
Michael N 

Ebeneezer Scrooge. His great change of heart within only a few pages is awesome. Good book too.

7 February 2012 at 6:31 pm
Patricia Topping 

Pip Great Expectations he portrays so well how people sometimes behave towards those left behind who supported them before they got their wealth.

7 February 2012 at 6:35 pm
Christine Hughes 

Ebaneezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol A reformed character

7 February 2012 at 6:58 pm
Jenni Day 

Toby Veck from The Chimes

7 February 2012 at 7:16 pm
Jackie Markey 

Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tim Darch 

Mr. M’Choakumchild,from Hard Times.

Well we have all been tempted at one time or the other, and in Dickensian times very possible!

7 February 2012 at 7:31 pm
Debbie Hicks 

Mrs Sniff from Mugby Junction as “she held the public in check”

7 February 2012 at 7:33 pm
Maureen Bird 

Edwin Drood , from Dickens unfinished novel ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ We will never know for sure how Dickens intended to solve this mystery.

7 February 2012 at 7:55 pm
Alan Lawrence 

Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol

7 February 2012 at 7:55 pm
Marion Neiman 

Madame Defarge

7 February 2012 at 7:59 pm
Glosgirl 

Little Dorrit

7 February 2012 at 8:11 pm
Helen Abbott 

Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield.

7 February 2012 at 8:27 pm
Lyn 

Artful Dodger

7 February 2012 at 8:43 pm
Paul Draper 

Fagin-Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 9:03 pm
Debbie Goodhue 

Nancy from Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 9:17 pm
Les Parker 

Charles Darnay from Tale of Two Cities

7 February 2012 at 9:27 pm
Lynn Paterson 

Bull’s-Eye

7 February 2012 at 9:55 pm
Lynda 

Bumble ~ Oliver Twist

7 February 2012 at 10:35 pm
Nikki Jones 

Ebenezer Scrooge. What a legend! Coined one of my favourite sayings “bah humbug!”

7 February 2012 at 11:28 pm
Lynda Belcher 

Agnes Wickfield in David Copperfield

8 February 2012 at 12:08 am
Joy Haddow-Allen 

David Copperfield – The first Dickens book I read at the age of ten.

8 February 2012 at 12:27 am
Jeanette Davis 

Nicholas Nickleby is my favourite Character by Charles Dickens

8 February 2012 at 3:15 am
Jan Rudge 

Mrs Rudge (mother of Barnaby), of course!

8 February 2012 at 3:28 am
Amanda Walker 

Oliver Twist

8 February 2012 at 7:25 am
Morag Hughson 

The artful dodger (Oliver Twist)

8 February 2012 at 10:01 am
Kim Thompson 

Olive Twist

8 February 2012 at 10:42 am
Jeffrey Barrett 

Oliver Twist

8 February 2012 at 10:53 am
milly langton 

Mr Micawber’s philosophy has been my inspiration since first finding him 75 years ago.

8 February 2012 at 11:05 am
Alan Proudlock 

Ebenezer Scrooge from ‘A Christmas Carol’.

8 February 2012 at 12:50 pm
Jane Simpson 

The eternal optimist Mr Micawber

8 February 2012 at 2:03 pm
Jack Honour 

This may sound rather simple but I do love Oliver Twist, as many people do as it is now a very famous book and musical. I love the way Dickens explores Oliver’s character.

8 February 2012 at 4:55 pm
Patrick Brough 

Another vote for Mr Micawber.

8 February 2012 at 11:15 pm
Suzie Lennox 

Bumble – in Oliver Twist.

9 February 2012 at 8:48 am
Mary Taylor 

Betsy Trotwood from David Copperfield

9 February 2012 at 11:09 am
F Miller 

Abel Magwitch from Great Expectations

9 February 2012 at 12:57 pm
Joshua Williams 

Pip from Great Expectations

9 February 2012 at 6:12 pm
Roger Parker 

Ebenezer Scrooge

10 February 2012 at 10:17 pm
Daniel 

Joe Gargery from Great Expectations

11 February 2012 at 11:55 am
Frances 

Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities. It’s never too late to do something honourable.

11 February 2012 at 7:46 pm
John Wynne 

Abel Magwitch from Great Expectations

15 February 2012 at 2:27 pm