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Overview


If like many Americans you're curious about your roots, this Companion is the perfect guide to investigating family history in the British Isles. Edited by David Hey, a leading authority, the book provides helpful information for anyone enquiring into their English, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh origins and for anyone working in genealogical research or on the social history of the British Isles. This fully revised and updated edition has been newly structured for ease of use, with an informative thematic essay section followed by an A-Z dictionary with more than 2,000 jargon-free entries, as well as detailed appendices which include further reading and up-to-date recommended websites. New essays for this edition are: "A Guide for Beginners," "Links between British and American Families," "Black and Asian Family History," and an extended article on "Names." With research tips, a full background to the social history of communities and individuals, and a special updated appendix listing all national and local record offices with their contact details, this is an essential reference work for anyone interested in uncovering and understanding the past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199532988
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/6/2008
  • Series: Oxford Companions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hey is Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History at the University of Sheffield. His many publications include The Oxford Guide to Family History, Family Names and Family History, How Our Ancestors Lived: A History of Life 100 Years Ago, and Journeys in Family History: Exploring Your Past and Finding Your Ancestors.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Contributors ix

Thematic Contents xiii

Note to Reader xli

Thematic Articles 1

Family History 3

Tracing a Family Tree: Getting Started David Hey 3

Surnames David Hey 8

Britain and America: A Common Heritage George Redmonds 17

African-Caribbean Genealogy Guy Grannum 26

South Asian Genealogy Abi Husainy 33

Family History Anthony Camp 39

Family and Society Ralph Houlbrooke 47

Local History 59

The Antiquarian Tradition David Hey 59

Local and Regional History: Modern Approaches David Hey 66

Irish Local and Family History Kevin Whelan 73

Scottish Local and Family History David Moody 81

Welsh Local and Family History D. Huw Owen 90

Women Local and Family Historians Joan Thirsk 100

Landscape and Culture 111

Place-Names Margaret Gelling 111

Landscape History: The Countryside H. S. A. Fox 120

Towns David M. Palliser 130

Domestic Buildings Malcolm Airs 138

Historic Churches David Hey 147

Popular Culture Charles Phythian-Adams 156

Folklore, Customs, and Civic Ritual Charles Phythian-Adams 167

Themes 177

Population Levels and Trends David Hey 177

Agricultural History David Hey 183

Industrial History David Hey 190

Labour History John L. Halstead 197

The Poor David Hey 206

Central Government, Courts, and Taxation R.W. Hoyle 213

Local Government R.W. Hoyle 225

Education David Hey 234

The Twentieth Century Brian M. Short 240

A-Z 251

Appendix: Record Offices and Special Collections 651

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