7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2013
I was delightfully impressed by this book. Not only does it go into some detail, on the subject of Death Records for those investigating their British family trees, but it does so in a really accessible style. This is not some dry treatment of the subject.
Even though I have been researching my own family history for some years, and write a blog aimed at helping others, Celia Heritage's book made me go back and re-examine death records for my own ancestors with some success.
Highly recommended by this Nosey Genealogist!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
I am really enjoying reading this book. It is well written with informative anecdotes, which give useful and interesting examples of the various sources of reference pertinent to family history research. I shall be recommending this to fellow people interested in researching their family trees.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
A well researched & written book with many hints on finding important information to follow up on, which even as a seasoned family Genealogist, I had no idea about.
A really great buy & thoroughly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2013
I found this to be a great book for all family historians. It is well set out and illustrated and covers a great deal of information I had never even considered and it has been and will continue to be one that I constantly refer to. There is also a very interesting chapter on gravestones and monument inscriptions which I found intriguing and finding missing burials. This is one book that I will never give away.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
I am the author of Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records and I hope that reading my book will make you as passionate about this subject as I am!
There is nothing morbid about using death records; their fascination lies in the fact that they tell us so much more about our ancestors and what they were really like than birth, marriage and census records. By using a combination of death certificates, burial entries, inquest records and obituaries plus wills, inventories, gravestones and other less familiar death records I have built up an amazingly detailed picture of many of my own ancestors and the book will show you how to do the same. I also show you how to interpret causes of death on certificates and to be alert to possible connections with an ancestor's death and the job he did, while considering the side effects of a premature death and infant deaths on the family as a whole. Some records will be familiar to you but some less so and for each I show you how to get the most from them.The book is packed with detailed information but also a generous helping of case studies to illustrate the records and how to use them.
Although I was immensely pleased that my book received excellent reviews in the family history magazines, some of my most pleasing comments have come from unofficial sources; firstly the friend who, until now, has not been particularly interested in family history at all. She casually picked up my book one day and started reading it. 'This looks really interesting Celia! I must get a copy! ' While at the other end of the scale a student of mine who is passionate about family history messaged me to say that she had almost missed her stop on the train because she was so engrossed in the my book! I could not want for better compliments than these and I hope you enjoy the book as much as they did.
For more information about the book and author and a glimpse into the subjects covered see my author's blog [...]