- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Greatest Guides Limited (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907906118
- ISBN-13: 978-1907906114
- Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 0.9 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trace Your Roots: Know Your Genealogy and Explore Your Family History (Greatest Guides) Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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More About the Author
She's the author of Trace your Roots (Crooked Cat Publishing) and co-author of The Writer's ABC Checklist (Accent Press).
Winner of The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books 2008 competition with her book aimed at 5-8 year-olds, her short stories have been included in the anthologies: 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Shambelurkling & Other Stories, Yesterday, and 100 Stories for Queensland.
As a freelance copy editor she's worked on several anthologies and many novels.
Maureen has tutored writing workshops and wrote and tutored the online workshop Write up your Tree, run by Fevered Minds, which centred on researching and writing family histories.
She has worked as a family history researcher and has a special interest in the local history of Herefordshire, has undertaken research projects for a local government department and has written e-books on genealogy.
Trace your Roots blog: http://trace-your-roots.blogspot.co.uk/
Writers' blog: http://writerschecklist.blogspot.com/
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms Vincent-Northam writes in a style that is at once easy to read and entertaining, without ever losing sight of the goal; to educate you, the reader, into ways and means of tracing your roots.
And no stone is left unturned. From rooting through personal papers, to checking with the General Register Office or Parish Register, to looking into the murky pasts of ancestors who may have been transported to the colonies, this book will tell you where to look and what to look for.
Tracing your history may be a lengthy and time-consuming process, but this spritely and lively read is packed with web links, enabling you to begin building your family tree literally within minutes.
Are you distantly related to royalty? Was one of your ancestors a major player in the world of business or government? Or do you come from a long line of nobodies? Whatever the answer, if you want to learn who you really are, then Trace Your Roots is a must have.
The author and publisher are to be congratulated on producing a quality product which should be in every genealogy researcher's library.
And I was right on both counts! Other books I've read on genealogy have been as dry as dust, but this one makes even the boring parts of the research interesting. Anyone who is looking into their family history should buy this book - it's great. And I'm not just saying that because she's a friend - I'm saying it because it's true.
Trace Your Roots gave me the pointers. Written in a clear, concise and easy-to-understand way (perfect for me, then!), it explains the sources very well. Amongst the wealth of detail, we also learn about:
- using county, parish, landowner or Census records
- when and how laws relating to marriage, inheritance, wills and other issues were changed
- how people might be recorded using different names, ages and dates of birth or death
- emigration and immigration
- using the web to gather details
- specific groups such as Scottish, Jewish, and Australian family history sites and societies
- illegitimacy and workhouses
- how to use general genealogy directories - and what to look out for
- deciphering Latin inscriptions
A lot of brilliant information is packed into this small guidebook, useful for anyone starting out to explore their background. The author, a family history researcher, clearly knows her subject area and conveys her knowledge in neatly explained chapters. And whilst most tips relate to researching British ancestors (including immigrated or emigrated folks), it gives you an insight into where to start, even if your roots stem from elsewhere.
Plus, a lovely side-effect was a detail I discovered about a 'new' Marriage Law coming into force in 1857 - on further research, I found it extremely helpful for the story I was writing at the time. So, not just a handy guide to tracing your ancestors, but also a fountain of information for hobby historians like me. A real gem!
Thoroughly recommend. Myra King.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
quite good but I think it needs a simple "get started" instruction rather than trying to briefly cover everything under the sun. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Happily Retired
Although I have done quite well with my family searches, I am stuck in a few places and now my Open University degree is done and I have time for my genealogy again, I'm hoping... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Tedsgirl
Really didn't give me as much as expected - in fact there was no more than is freely available on line.Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by marj247