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Journeys in Family History: Exploring Your Past, Finding Your Ancestors [Hardcover]

David Hey
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30 April 2003
This is the one family history book you will not want to do without. You might be starting out on your ancestral search or seeking fresh genealogical avenues: here you are offered a wealth of reliable advice covering the repositories, the records, the research methods and more. However, this lavish new publication goes further than most, recognizing that the process of establishing lines of descent is enriched by exploration of past times. Starting with the twentieth century, it looks down the ages to cover not just establishing our ancestors' names, but also how they lived: their daily experience, their communities, and their society. You will discover that family history is as much an imaginative journey as a research challenge.

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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: PRO Publications (30 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903365619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903365618
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' A highly enjoyable book that every member of the family is bound to find fascinating'. -- Practical Family History excellent book that provides comprehensive information for online UK genealogy research. -- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, October 31, 2005

I can higly recommend this 339-page paperback to anyone researching ancestry in the British Isles. -- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, October 31, 2005

About the Author

David Hey is Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History at the University of Sheffield. His previous books include How Our Ancestors Lived, The Oxford Guide to Family History, The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History and Family Names and Family History. He is President of the British Agricultural History Society, Chairman of the Local Population Studies Society and consultant editor for The National Archives' family history magazine, Ancestors. He lives in Derbyshire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Cogent Advice 9 April 2014
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David Hey’s books already fill much of my ‘genealogy’ shelves. What makes this one stand out – apart from the imprimatur of the National Archives – is its layout and use of illustrations. It is also full of cogent advice laced with some occasional witty asides.

This is a review of the 2004 edition. It comprises an introduction and four chapters. Like genealogy itself, these four chapters work backwards chronologically, from recent times, through the nineteenth century, the early modern period and so back to the Middle Ages.

Each of these four chapters is itself split into two parts. In the first (‘Exploring Your Past’) Hey provides a context of the times, looking at features such as the size of families, the quality of housing, the nature of work and travel. These are only broad pictures but which can add flavour to the genealogy itself. These sections are very well-written. Hey has perforce to concentrate on generalities, but he has nevertheless managed to make references to particular areas of the country in order to provide pertinent examples.

The second parts of each chapter (‘Finding Your Ancestors’) guide the reader into how flesh can be put on the bones of your family tree. Examples here include advice not only on the immediately obvious such as registers and census records, but also on gravestones, photographs, newspapers, etc.

Taking the subject of newspapers, Hey is here already a little out of date, since most newspapers are now online and are fully searchable (for a fee, of course). Things have moved on elsewhere too: Hey mentions the FreeBMD project as “in progress,” and most of us now no longer need to visit London to scan the registers or the census entries.
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I bought this book as I did not know where to start in researching my own family tree and was drawn to this over others as it offers information about the environment and social situation people lived in to help you get a sense of the time your family members lived in. I have found it but instructive on how to go about my research offering good tips and ideas, but I have also enjoying finding out basic details of the different era's and feel it has helped me get a better sense of my ancestors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journeys in Family History 12 Jan 2010
Beautiful book. Excellent and friendly service from the Book Depository - promptly despatched, well packaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be the starting point for any conducting serious family background checks. 7 Nov 2006
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Author David Hey is a leading family historian who reveals the basics on how to conduct a family history research project in Journeys in Family History: The National Archives' Guide to Exploring Your Past, Finding Your Ancestors. From chief problems in verifying records and recorded ages to using ethnic, national and government records more effectively, in Journeys in Family History should be the starting point for any conducting serious family background checks.

Diane C. Donovan

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