Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History

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This is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to tracing British ancestry, equally suitable for beginners and those who have already started the search for their roots. The book guides the researcher for their roots. The book guides the researcher through the substantial British archives with a detailed finding aids or indexes. the early chapters include advice on obtaining information from relatives, drawing on family trees and starting research in the records of births, marriages and deaths, or in census records; ...
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Overview

This is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to tracing British ancestry, equally suitable for beginners and those who have already started the search for their roots. The book guides the researcher for their roots. The book guides the researcher through the substantial British archives with a detailed finding aids or indexes. the early chapters include advice on obtaining information from relatives, drawing on family trees and starting research in the records of births, marriages and deaths, or in census records; later chapters guide researchers to the records that are ore that are more difficult to find and use, such as legal and property records.

"Intended for both beginning and experienced genealogists, this guide to tracing British records provides material for navigating archives and a variety of printed sources. Early chapters outline basic steps such as drawing family trees, using census records and searching for birth, marriage, and death certificates. Others outline strategies for organizing research and making use of the Internet and other technology. For experienced genealogists there is detailed information on legal, military, professional-association, and property records. There is extensive information regarding Church of England parish registers, as well as information for tracing Catholic, Jewish, and other nonconformist records. The book is further enhanced by almost 100 illustrations of various records, wills, gravestones, and family photographs."--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Title", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

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Library Journal
Herber's book is billed as "the complete guide to British genealogy and family history," and that is exactly what it is. Thoughtfully designed, this orderly, comprehensive, and elegant work guides the researcher (beginner or advanced) through the entire process of tracing British heritage, from obtaining information from living relatives to drawing family trees and starting research in the birth, marriage, death, or census records. Later chapters guide researchers to records that are more difficult to find and use, such as wills, parish registers, civil and ecclesiastical court records, poll books, and property records. Written for practitioners by a practitioner (Herber is a member of the Society of Genealogists in London), this complete, current, and beautiful guide ultimately helps the researcher focus on how the ancestral trail begins and how to form a coherent picture of past generations and their links to the present. Highly recommended. Howells's Netting Your Ancestors, on the other hand, is less elegant in delivering its guidance to genealogical research on the Internet. Nothing that it coversthe selection of hardware and software, getting a direct internet connection, E-mail, mailing lists, and newsgroupsis tied uniquely to genealogical research. In fact, a good 95 percent of the skills and tools it covers could be gleaned just as effectively from any basic computer book. This seems to be written as a how-to bookhow to get to the author's popular web site. Not recommended.Scott Hightower, Gallatin/NYU
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This guide describes the many books, reference works, published sources, and aids that deal with specific aspects of research into British genealogy. The author describes such procedures as dating photographs and tracing living relatives, and such in formation sources as the records of the Royal Marines and of the 17th century hearth tax. He provides numerous maps and reproductions of genealogical records. The extensive appendices include the addresses of county record offices and other archives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806316338
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements and Abbreviations
Introduction
Ch. 1 An Introduction to Genealogical Research 1
Ch. 2 Personal Recollections and Memorabilia 8
Ch. 3 Organisation of Your Research Material 19
Ch. 4 General Problems Encountered by Researchers 28
Ch. 5 Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths 36
Ch. 6 Census Returns 57
Ch. 7 Parish Registers 88
Ch. 8 Churchyards and Cemeteries 123
Ch. 9 Directories 133
Ch. 10 Combining Sources of Information 141
Ch. 11 Archives, Libraries and Family History Societies 152
Ch. 12 Wills and Administrations 173
Ch. 13 Catholic, Non-Conformist and Jewish Records 200
Ch. 14 Marriage and Divorce 219
Ch. 15 Maps, Land Registration and Property Records 236
Ch. 16 Local and Social History 256
Ch. 17 Newspapers and Elections 264
Ch. 18 Parish and Town Records 285
Ch. 19 Records of the Army, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force 314
Ch. 20 Records of Shipping and Seamen 354
Ch. 21 Records of Trades, Professions and Business 384
Ch. 22 Oaths, Taxation and Insurance Records 411
Ch. 23 Records of the Civil and Ecclesiastical Courts 426
Ch. 24 Records of the Criminal Courts and Criminals 456
Ch. 25 Education 479
Ch. 26 Peerages, the Gentry, Famous People and Heraldry 485
Ch. 27 Further Property Records 495
Ch. 28 Tracing Migrants and Living Relatives 531
Ch. 29 Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands 542
Ch. 30 Immigration, Emigration and Investigation Abroad 572
App. I Codes for Areas and Volumes in the GRO Indexes 611
App. II Indexes to Other GRO Records 612
App. III Chapman County codes 613
App. IV Seize Quartiers of Bessie Maud Symes 614
App. V Extracts from the Bulleid and Keates Family Trees 616
App. VI Public Record Office Information Leaflets 618
App. VII County Record Offices and Other Archives 621
App. VIII Commencement Dates of the Reigns of English and British Monarchs 625
App. IX Wills and Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury: A Summary of Finding-Aids 626
App. X Records of the Court of Chancery: A Summary of Finding-Aids 627
Bibliography 630
Index 654
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