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

Mark D Herber
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1 Jun 2005
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  • Paperback: 873 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750941987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750941983
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Herber is a solicitor. He has been researching his own family tree since 1979 and has traced some lines back to about 1580

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding coverage and depth of knowledge 12 Mar 2007
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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Whilst echoing all the comments already made, this phenomenal tome is and is likely to always be the definitive reference. Despite the extensive movement towards Internet sources, this book has the insight into 'why' you move through certain classes of records whereas the (also essential) Internet guides tell you where these are.

Beyond that the illustration with examples from the authors research, the many examples of why you need to double check every assumption, and the wealth of ideas for gleaning more insight into the lives of ancestors are frankly astonishing, and it astounds me that one person could both know so much, find so much and still have time to update this masterpiece.

If you haven't bought it, you're not serious about family history.
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147 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I've been waiting for. 17 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in genealogy - this is the book you've been waiting for. It's clear, concise and very informative, written in an easy style which makes it easy and enjoyable to read. After reading several books on Genealogy, including many older ones from the library, this made a refreshing change, particularly as it is bang up to date with information on CD Roms, computer packages and internet sites. Herber manages to level the book in a way that it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or already someway into your research - this book will definitely be of help. Excellent!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the undisputed bible of family history - get it! 11 Mar 2004
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Having been involved in family history research for thirty years, and being completely self-taught by trial and error, I have sometimes been tempted to invest in expensive reference books, but found many of them cumbersome, badly organised, or rapidly outdated. Genealogy is constantly developing but even so this book, in any edition, is an absolutely invaluable longterm reference. It is written in a hugely informative way, exciting and never patronising, and the sheer quantity and quality of information in it is breathtaking. You couldn't make a better investment if you're researching your family history (especially with the superb Amazon discount!) Can't fault it! BRILLIANT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family History "Must Haves" 9 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
As a fairly recent - but rapidly becoming obsessed - family historian I have either acquired or borrowed a fair number of the leading books on Family History available at the moment. However Ancestral Trails outshines them all. Whilst being very readable in its own right it gives a wealth of background information on sources and advice on how you might make progress if you hit a brick wall, and has the most comprehensive coverage I have found. This and The Genealogist's Internet by Peter Christian have become my two bibles. I run two Family History Groups and I would strongly recommend both of these books to any serious amateur family historian.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
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This is quite simply the best reference work for United Kingdom Genealogy that I have come across. I have been waiting for publication of the second edition for some time and am not disappointed at all. Everything I can imagine I might want to know is in it. I have been interested in Genealogy for many years and wish this volume had been available sooner. It's worth twice the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable companion 6 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A comprehensive study of most of the sources available to people researching their family history in England. Examples from the authors' own research help to illustrate the information available and the use that can be made of it. There are many illustrations of the different types of documents discussed. Perhaps less suitable as the first, or only book, for absolute beginners due to the depth of coverage which can appear a little daunting. One of the two most useful (and reread) genealogy books that I have bought, the other being "The Family Tree Detective" by Colin Rogers.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly remarkable achievement 10 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Mr Herber has achieved, within this finely crafted opus, something that few others have been able - His fluid style serves to demystify the Genealogical Jungle that has often proven to be inpenetrable for the beginner, such as I.
I cannot recommend this work too highly and am delighted that it has been accepted as the definitive text for those embarking upon their quest to discover their roots and branches
Well done Herber!!
Dward Heath
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I've been waiting for. 17 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in genealogy - this is the book you've been waiting for. It's clear, concise and very informative, written in an easy style which makes it easy and enjoyable to read. After reading several books on Genealogy, including many older ones from the library, this made a refreshing change, particularly as it is bang up to date with information on CD Roms, computer packages and internet sites. Herber manages to level the book in a way that it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or already someway into your research - this book will definitely be of help. Excellent!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The must-have reference book for would-be genealogists
The best book of its type ever written. However, though it is perhaps churlish to criticise such a great book in any way it should be pointed out that the book was written some... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Genealogy
Anyone interested in their family tree needs this book. It really is the Bible of genealogy.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It could be heavy reading for some people but full of information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly researched reference book
Fantastic tome full of information. I am in awe of the author and the reference sources are incredibly comprehensive. Read more
Published 4 months ago by miriam stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As this books says - the complete guide and if it isn't actually complete then it is very nearly complete. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Annie Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family History great
Here in one book is a wealth of information to help you find where to look. It will save your hours of searching and perhaps £s as well.
Published 8 months ago by garden lover
5.0 out of 5 stars family history fan
arrived in really good time and great condition and a fraction of the published price
really useful its set me to reorganising all my files!
Published 9 months ago by MrsR
3.0 out of 5 stars Brick Wall
Wish it could have helped me break down my brick wall! It didn't! Never mind! One day perhaps I'll do it!
Published 9 months ago by Franci
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Even though not the latest edition, this used copy is wonderful value and is packed with practical wisdom. Strongly recommended
Published 10 months ago by Cemexview
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancestral Trails
First inspection seems to hold a lot of information, however have not fully used it yet, hope it proves to be very helpful
Published 14 months ago by DiJoy
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