Because so much of the material published on Gypsies and Travelers on
misleading due either to stereotyping, antiquated perspectives on
culture, poor scholarship, excessive political correctness or other
in some cases, outright fabrication, the Gypsy Lore Society does not
make any claims
accuracy of materials presented on any sites other than its own. The
on his/her own for evaluating the soundness of information. In order to
the worth of any item of information the reader should always ask the
questions about any claims an author makes:
- What facts or data
were used to support the claims made? Were they personal
carefully screened primary historical sources, or did the author use
secondary sources, or worse, just make unsupported pronouncements?
- How were those facts
obtained; were rigorous, systematic data-gathering methods used?
- Are the claims
consistent with findings of the best scholars in the field? If not,
adequate is the support used to bolster the author's divergent
the author seem
to have an axe to grind? That is, does he/she seem to be excessively
favoring a single point of view instead of examining all sides of an
Email any specific
inquiries into American Gypsy or Traveler history,
culture and genealogy to Matt T. Salo at the email address above.
A bibliography of biographies and
autobiographies about and by Gypsies may be found at
https://sites.google.com/site/salopress/gypsies-and-travelers----biographies-and-autobiographies. The web page links to a
short bibliography of studies of Gypsy autobiographies. Intended as an
to further research, the bibliography is compiled largely from other
bibliographic sources and inclusion on the list does not imply that the
compiler, Sheila Salo,
has independent knowledge of the authors' or subjects' ethnic identity
or the authenticity of their narratives.
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
The Gypsy Collections at the University of Liverpool comprise the
Gypsy Lore Society Archive, and the Scott Macfie Gypsy Collection of
manuscripts, prints, photographs, sound recordings and press cuttings.
holdings encompass over 50,000 items in various media.
This is a mailing list for
family researchers who are seeking genealogical information on ancestors
"itinerant" professions such as circus, theatre, music, music hall,
vaudeville, fairs, Gypsies, Travelers, etc.
Pavee Point is an organization supporting human rights for
Irish Travelers, through working for solidarity, social justice,
The exhibition "Gypsies in the United States" contains
selected photographs and text from the Carlos de Wendler-Funaro Gypsy
Facts and Fiction about the Irish Travelers in the US.
IRISH TRAVELER NOTES AND RESOURCES
Information on the contemporary Gammon lexicon.
THE ROMANY AND TRAVELER
FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
ENGLISH CENSUS OF 1881
FOR GYPSIES AND ENGLISH, SCOTTISH & IRISH TRAVELERS
THE COMMISSION ON
The Commission promotes cooperation between language groups,
academics and researchers, and the widening of the empirical base of the
of nomadism to include different types of mobile populations across the
The Commission facilitates communication among specialists on nomadic
pastoral peoples and those working to improve the status of nomadic
Commission publishes the journal, Nomadic Peoples, and encourages
maintenance of a high standard of scientific discussion on nomadism.
ROMANY, GYPSY AND
The prime purpose of this site is to provide resources for those who
researching ancestors who were in the "itinerant" professions. In this
term I have included actors/actresses, music hall and vaudeville
traveling showmen, Romany/Gypsy, circus, menageries, the bioscopes,