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From the PublisherThe seventh edition of Tracing your Ancestors in the National Archives was released in 2009 under a slightly different title to reflect the joining of the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission into one entity, the National Archives. The first edition was published in 1981 and was a huge success. Each edition increased in size and content to reflect the growing interest that has developed by family historians and genealogists. The continuing success of the television series in the United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are? attracted audiences of over five million people and validated the growing interest in family history. This issue of Tracing your Ancestors in the National Archives is a valuable reference for anyone who is interested in finding out more about their British ancestors.
This publication is useful for researchers at any level. It shows how to uncover the real lives of people from documents that they left behind. It covers all aspects of the holdings at the National Archives and the Family Records Centre, from the latest technology to the oldest manuscripts, census and service records to inquests and wills.
There are good research tips on how to search and browse the National Archives catalogue effectively. Only a portion of the catalogue is fully searchable at the National Archives, so browsing will be useful. On specific topics in the book, there is help in categorizing relevant series and tips on how to best access them. You will find references like SP 07 with numeric symbols after them. There is a table in the back of the book explaining these symbols; which, for example, could mean: searchable by surname; searchable by country; best searched by paper catalogue; or brief description in the catalogue.
If you are researching in the British Isles, why do you need this book? The author states that the book is the researchers’ guide. It provides detailed advice and background information about nearly 1,500 series of major interest to family historians and genealogists. I recommend this book to anyone researching family history in the British Isles.
'This is a book to read, not just to refer to...Destined to be a classic'
'excellent . . . deserves to be on the shelf of any family historian'
''If you can't find it in this book, it doesn't exist''