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Anthony Adolph
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1 Sep 2008

The new, fully-updated edition of Collins Tracing Your Family History is the definitive handbook for anyone interested in tracing their family’s past.

Firmly practical in its approach, yet entertaining in its style, this reference guide is the indispensable companion for all who are seeking a reliable, one-source volume to use while tracking down their family origins.

New and up-to-date content helps you make the most of your resources - such as how best to utilise the internet, and informs you about the most recent records released which could be vital to your search for your ancestry.

The book gives comprehensive guidance on the full variety of governmental, religious and more obscure records available to the family history sleuth. The guide also contains highly useful advice on how to expand and reinvigorate a search when the trial runs cold – as it inevitably will.

Author Anthony Adolph balances detailed instruction and guidance with humorous anecdotes and illuminating history lessons, ensuring an informative and entertaining read.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007274920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007274925
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Definitive advice for anyone interested in tracing their family’s past.’ Family Tree Magazine

‘…the information is superb.’ Ancestors

‘The overriding feeling about this book is that it is bending over backwards to try and assist researchers, providing answers by almost pre-empting the questions.’

‘Enthusiasm and quirky knowledge (that) makes this book stand out.’ Family History Monthly

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A hero of the British-Zulu wars, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery...a pioneering Indian prime minister of the province of Bhavnagar...Princess Anne's husband's descent from a Jewish merchant of Venice...a 16th-century peasant woman, executed for bewitching a man and his pigs...

These are just some of the extraordinary stories that Anthony Adolph has unearthed in his years of researching family histories. What mysteries does your family's past hold? 'Collins Tracing Your Family History' helps you find out.

From parish records to marriage certificates, from wills to military service records, there is a vast amount of information about your ancestors just waiting to be discovered. Recognising the important influence of the Internet in modern genealogical research, this book tells you how to combine the latest technology with the most proven research techniques as you delve deeper into your heritage.

The guide is perfect for the novice family historian, beginning with the very basics of genealogical research. It will also prove invaluable for those who have made some progress but find their trail has gone cold or want to take their research further - from old county maps to naturalisation records, Anthony Adolph has suggestions for a wealth of more unexpected sources to unblock your search. No matter how deep you would like to dig into your family's past, he leads the way with informative guidance and fascinating case studies.

From Wales to India, Ireland to Jamaica, wherever your family hails from, 'Collins Tracing Your Family History' gives you the expert advice and tips you need to make your search efficient, fruitful - and fascinating. In short, this is the only guide you need to make your family's past come to life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent FH introduction 25 Jan 2006
'Tracing Your Family History' is an excellent guide and reference book that will be useful for any genealogist starting out on a serious family history quest. Not owning Mark Herber's similarly aimed book, 'Ancestral Trails', which at a whopping 840 pages is more than twice the size of Adolph's volume, I can't compare the two, but TYFH is certainly a book that's designed to be used and would make an excellent present for someone starting out in their research. It's the kind of book that's worth dipping in to, and returning to from time to time, as well as reading from cover to cover.
Its chapters are structured by category of record, which means that it is easy find everything you need about specific types or sets of records in one place. This is useful as, once your family history investigation gets under way, this is usually the way one organises the research process.
One danger facing any author in this field is that the internet references quickly become dated. TYFH has a large number of URLs that can be usefully followed up, in fact more than enough to keep an assiduous researcher fully occupied for many, many months. However, if you're the kind of researcher that has to nail down every reference or potential website record then you probably need Peter Christian's 'The Genealogist's Internet', now in its third edition, as well.
It's hard to imagine any single book containing everything that a present-day genealogist would ever want, the range of documentary materials transcribed and online records available is simply too great, but this is an exellent single-volume description of the field that covers the full scope that almost all family history projects will ever need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Collins Tracing Your Family History 2 Feb 2006
This is an updated edition of a book that was first published in 2004. It is well produced and lavishly illustrated, though some sections could have done with a bit of basic, old-fashioned editorial work and proof-reading. The author, an experienced professional genealogist, covers all the standard sources: oral evidence; birth, marriage and death certificates; census returns; wills, and so on. But there are also useful sections on subjects not touched on by earlier books on family history, such as the implications of DNA technology for genealogists, and the tracing of ancestors who were not born in Great Britain. It is particularly helpful to have an up-to-date address list, which includes some of the most useful websites. In all, a valuable addition to any family historian's library, whether they are a beginner or an old hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family History 15 Mar 2010
Bought a copy of this book after borrowing one from a friend. I've been tracing my family history for many years but found this book gave me other places to search that I was not previously aware of. A must for genealogists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tracing your family History 3 Nov 2013
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Well laid out chapters comprehensively take the reader through all relevant aspects of genealogy research. It is suitable for the newbie researcher; a useful manual even for the experienced or professional in this field. Well illustrated and an absorbing read. Online information now a little dated, so checking and your updating necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 27 Dec 2010
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This book was delivered very soon after my order, thank you.
It was recommended to me by our local family history group.
Its wonderful, very easy to read, follow and understand.
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