Tracing Your Family Tree


Trying to find out about your lineage can be a daunting task. Where do you start? This invaluable reference work will answer all your questions and more.

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Trying to find out about your lineage can be a daunting task. Where do you start? This invaluable reference work will answer all your questions and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754819868
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 524,617
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
First steps 8
How to begin 10
Family photographs 14
A basic family tree 16
Names 20
Research skills 22
Keeping records 24
Interviewing people 26
Back to the early 1800s 28
Certificates after 1837 30
Other indexes at the Family Record Centre 34
Censuses 36
The International Genealogical Index and other indexes 40
Published material 42
Using the Internet 44
Wills, administrations and death duties 48
Inquests 52
Newspapers and periodicals 54
Going back to 1538 56
Record offices, history centres and libraries 58
Births, christenings, marriages and burials in parish registers 62
Other parish records 66
The poor of the parish 68
Orphans and foundlings 72
Records for other Christian denominations 74
Maps 78
Other countries in the British Isles 80
Welsh records 82
Scottish records 84
Irish records 88
Channel Islands records 92
Isle of Man records 94
Working lives 96
Education 98
Apprenticeships 102
Guilds and freemen 104
The professions 106
Other occupations 110
Licences 114
Elections, poll books and electoral registers 116
Trade unions and friendly societies 118
Bankruptcy and insolvency 120
Physical and mental illness 122
For Crown and Country 126
Members of the armed forces 128
Army records 131
Royal Air Force records 134
The militia, posse comitatis and volunteers 136
Royal Navy records 138
Merchant Navy records 142
Other maritime occupations 144
Lifecycle checklist 146
Law and property 148
Researching legal records 150
Church courts 152
Manorial records 154
Crime and punishment 156
Transportation records 162
Equity law: property and money 164
Land ownership and wealth 166
Taxes 172
Customs and excise and the Coastguard 174
Rich man, poor man checklist 176
Migrant ancestors 178
Researching migrant ancestors 180
Jewish ancestors 182
French ancestors 184
German and Dutch ancestors 186
Black ancestors 188
Indian ancestors 190
Other overseas ancestors 192
Gypsies and other travellers 194
Emigrants 196
Researching emigrant ancestors 198
India and the Far East 201
North America 204
Canada 210
The Caribbean 212
Australia 214
New Zealand 216
Africa 218
Other British territories 220
British communities overseas 220
Appendices 224
Sources for pre-1538 research 226
Paleography 230
Latin 232
Name changes and important dates 234
Heraldry 236
Dates, money and measurements 239
Writing family history 240
Timeline 244
Specialist museums and libraries 248
Directories and ratebooks 249
Books 250
Addresses and websites 252
Picture acknowledgements 253
Index 254
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