This article by Janet Few in "The In-Depth Genealogist" is short but meaningful. It speaks to the advantages of using historical novels as research tools.
Those novels may be short on sourced facts but they may be just the thing you need to get a feel for the lives your ancestors lived. They can put him or her into national, local, social, or political context that can enrich your understanding of them and their families.
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Using Historical Novels for Family History - The In-Depth Genealogist:
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