Genealogical Research in England's Public Record Office: A Guide for North Americans

Genealogical Research in England's Public Record Office: A Guide for North Americans

by Judith Prowse Reid, Simon Fowler
     
 

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The purpose of this book is to help North Americans make the most effective use of the records of the Public Record Office in England, one of the richest genealogical repositories in the world.

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The purpose of this book is to help North Americans make the most effective use of the records of the Public Record Office in England, one of the richest genealogical repositories in the world.

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Library Journal
Library of Congress reference librarian and LJ reviewer Reid provides a thorough guide for North Americans wishing to investigate genealogical or historical information in the Public Record Office (PRO) in Kew and London, England. (The PRO is the English equivalent of the National Archives in Canada and the United States.) Though it has rich holdings and unique source materials, it is not the place to begin a genealogy inquiry. One of Reid's objectives is to help researchers identify many of the PRO records that may be available from other, more convenient institutions. After helping distinguish the "when" and "why," she gives helpful logistical information for consulting the PRO. From then on she focuses on areas of particular interest to North American researchers. She covers records pertaining to emigration and immigration along with other principal record classes. Anyone researching British heritage will find this a helpful book in planning the investigation.-Scott Hightower, New York Univ.
Booknews
A guide to using the Public Record Office (PRO) in England for English or Welsh genealogical research, providing an introduction to PRO record classes of interest to North American researchers and identifying PRO records available in North American institutions. Includes advice for finding sources of emigration and immigration records, with appendices on local record offices in England and Wales and useful addresses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Zom Zoms
This inexpensive and clearly written guide will save Americans who travel to England for genealogical research many hours of frustration. It constantly emphasizes the need for preparation before visiting and warns about the delays that may be experienced in the delivery of documents. After extolling the vast quantities of material to be found, it bluntly states that, "However, the PRO is not the place to begin a genealogical enquiry." What is the PRO? It is a collection, somewhat similar to our National Archives, of all documentation resulting from legal, marital, civil, military, religious, and other decisions that have affected the lives of British citizens The book starts with helpful details on how to reach the new building in Kew by Underground, bus, or private car and adds details about getting a reader's ticket, photocopying, and the like. It then offers a list of document codes, such as the AO group (Exchecquer and Audit), the PROB group (Prerogative Court of Canterbury), and so on. There is also a list of guides (some of them only leaflets) that should be read before arrival. The bulk of the text is made up of general descriptions of the various kinds of documents within each grouping--emigration, censuses, births, deaths and marriages, army, prisoners, wills, etc. There are also maps of the counties, both before and after the boundary changes of 1974. An appendix lists addresses, by county, of local record offices. An extensive bibliography gives full data for all titles cited in the text as useful guides. Finally there is an index to all the records in the PRO, arranged by code letter and number The author advises her fellow Americans that much of their work in pedigree hunting has been done for them by the Mormons and published in the Family History Library series by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). She urges them to make use of the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and the Ancestral File, both of which cover all of England and are on microfiche or CD-ROM at Family History Centers throughout the U.S. Appropriate use of these should be made before attempting the masses of PRO documents in England The book is still very useful, particularly for the specialist who has exhausted the LDS sources in the States, or for whom perhaps a date in the IGI is suspect--too young, or too old--or two persons with the same name. A military record, an emigration roster, or the probated will in the PRO may solve the problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806316321
Publisher:
Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
167
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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