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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752468626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752468624
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debbie Kennett, an editor and genealogist, is well known internationally as being at the cutting-edge of family history research. She organises two projects at Family Tree DNA (largest, US-based international testing group) and writes for many Family History magazines. She runs social media for Guild of One-Name Studies. Her first book on DNA and Social Media for family historians is published by The History Press.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RegularBookBuyer on 7 Nov. 2012
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There's long been a need for a wide-ranging, readable overview of the study of surnames from the point of view of the researcher actually trying to do one, or contemplating doing one, and this book is a great way in: detailed enough that experienced researchers will learn plenty and simple enough that newcomers to surname research will not become overwhelmed. Fully up to date (Debbie Kennett is an expert on DNA testing and on social media use by genealogists), I expect this book will only become outdated by technological advance.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Swann on 10 Jan. 2013
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I think this book is a game-changing book. Researchers in family history can get back really easily now to 1837/1841. Many parish registers and wills are starting to go online, with Wales leading the British Isles at this moment in time. So more and more researchers are getting into medieval family history and the origins of their surnames of interest. DNA testing very often has to be used in parallel to make sure conclusions are justified. This book gives a clear vista of how much material has gone online relating to the ability to research surnames in the medieval period and further forwards in time. It should be acquired by any serious family history researcher interested in the origins of their surnames in the 1700s and further back in time, and contains comprehensive information on how to conduct those investigations. With periodic updating into revised editions as the amount of online information continues to increase, this book could run and run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Gault on 11 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book as a textbook for an essay for a further education level course. It is very readable ~ the first I have read from cover to cover, because it a) contained the information I needed and b) because it was well organised, clear and not dull. The chapter on DNA was very up to date and informative.
Thank you Debbie Kennett
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Denise A. Hobbs on 6 Sept. 2013
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This is a superb book that takes the reader through all of the steps needed to trace the origins of your surname and shows how to follow your family history back as far as possible.

Each step is enumerated and explained in full with many links to websites where records are held, or the names and addresses of record offices where the actual record (perhaps even copies of mediaeval documents) can be viewed. It is thrilling to discover incidences of your own surname that can appear in the 1300 or 1400s.

Debbie Kennett's book is the key to a voyage of discovery in how to research - successfully - the history of your own surname.
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By Sandrash on 16 Mar. 2015
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This is a very technical book and it is exactly what the extension name says - a guide to family name research in the 21st century. It reviews past research into family names and tells you how to extend that research and gives on-line tools for doing so. It is not a book about the origins or distributions of family names. Do not be misled.
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