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Nick Barratt's Guide To Your Ancestors Lives [Kindle Edition]

Nick Barratt
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Book Description

Family history is only one part of your personal heritage - there's more to your background than who your ancestors were. This differs from most books on the market as it places this process on an equal footing with the social history that surrounds each generation, as much as the technical know-how on which records to examine, and where. This book takes you on a unique journey back in time, examining the houses, streets, communities and ways of life that shaped the world around us, and in particular the precise circumstances that made us who we are today. Furthermore, this book will not just explain how and where to undertake this personal detective process - it shows you how to organise and shape your findings, and create your own personal archive using the latest technology and online resources, and how to add your store of knowledge to the emerging social networks that allow us to create a People's Archive and tell the forgotten story of the past that never makes it into the textbooks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2662 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O8I6SS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,229,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996. Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher. He is also in demand as a speaker on popular history and geneology following his work as a presenter, reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. for the BBC on Who Do You Think You Are. He has worked with a variety of companies, celebrities and TV presenters often compiling their family history including Richard Bacon, Richard Hammond, Victoria Beckham and Catherine Zeta Jones, Nick also writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called 'The Family Detective'.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginner's guide 12 May 2010
By Catlady
Format:Hardcover
I recently borrowed this from my local library not having seen it before. It's easy to read and informative if you're just beginning to delve into your family history. It's split into three main sections. The first section is about tracing your family tree. This covers a wide range of basic subjects, although not in any great depth, as you would expect in a book for beginners. There are plenty of references to relevant websites and guidance on using the various sources that are discussed.

The most useful parts of the book are its second and third sections covering aspects of family history which are often only just mentioned in passing.

Section two deals with tracing your ancestral home and includes information on using maps and plans (such as Ordnance Survey maps, Valuation Office Survey, Tithe Apportionments, 1943 National Farm Survey, Enclosure Maps and Awards, maps and plans for public schemes, such as slum clearance and new towns, plus other private records that are now in the public domain). It also covers house ownership and occupancy, including land law and transferring property from one person to another. It details different types of title deeds and the many records created as a result of conveyancing. All this is very well explained and easy to understand. There are detailed references to many sources and explanations of how to search them for information that is relevant to your own family. Wills, directories, electoral registers and inventories are also included, as is common in many beginner's guides, plus some more interesting and unusual sources for discovering what your ancestor's house might have looked like.
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