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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901241
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 1.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2011
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This is an excellent reference book for anyone starting out in family history research.

The 224 pages are divided into chapters 1. Getting started 2. The census explained. 3. Birth marriage and death. 4. Before civil registration 5. Using archives. 6. Occupations. 7. Delving further. 8. Build your family tree on a pc. 9. Genealogy friends on line. 10. Resources.

The chapter headings and order might seem odd to a beginner, but make sense as for example the census contains a lot of data, so is a good place to start. The census began around 1841 in England and is collected every 10 years, however the format/info changes up to the most recently published survey 1911. Helpful tips are included for example parts of the 1861 census are missing hence your relatives might be present on 1851 and 1871 but not in 1861. The ages recorded in the census can be rounded, and individuals may not have given correct information. For example birth place could be recorded as where they lived as a child rather than where they were actually born. The book recommends noting the source of any information, this is very useful as your tree grows and conflicting data appears, knowing the accuracy of a piece of source info can be important.

The book has a lot of pictures of various documents such as the census and marriage certificates. Many web sites are listed and it is noted which are free and which parts of subscription sites have limited free access. Screen shots of many web pages are given and the data explained.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2012
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If, like me, you have ever thought about tracing your family tree you too may have been put off by the amount of information that is available and the daunting prospect of where to start. Enter the 'which' guide to tracing your family history. I have reviewed several other 'which' guides in the past and have found them all to be well researched and easy to follow books. This volume proved to be no different.
The first section, Getting Started, sets us off on the right foot. Don't be too ambitious initially, write down what you already know, interview the more elderly members of your family, keep records. You will be surprised at the amount of information this will glean.
The next thee chapters then invite you to explore the established means of tracing your family tree; the census, births, marriages and deaths and gleaning information for the years before formal registration was in use. All three chapters offer invaluable advice on where to look for those family members.
Three sections then follow on more 'outside the box' techniques. Using and researching archives, looking at people's occupations, school records and transport.
We then look at starting to build up a family tree on a PC, perhaps the most popular way of creating a genealogy given the number of software programmes available.
Finally the book looks at genealogy on line through popular sites such as Friends Reunited and its sister site.
Throughout the book prices are quoted at 2011 values for obtaining information from places such as the Public Records Office in Kew along with subscription rates for the popular genealogy sites.
A cd-rom is included with the book containing a copy of the 'Family Historian starter edition' with instructions on how to upgrade to the full version.
Highly recommended and I've promised myself I will start work on my family tree, just as soon as I can find a bit of free time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Bullock VINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2012
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These days there are so many books, magazines, free guides and internet programs to help people trace their family history that I thought that Tracing Your Family History Made Easy from Which might be one too many. I was wrong this is a good tool for both beginner and intermediate researcher.

The book at well over 200 pages is pack with information, tips and guides that are for the most part easy to follow. The included CD-Rom Family Historian Starter Edition 4.1 is not quite so easy to get to grips with but with a little practice it is very handy indeed.

I would recommend the would be researcher to get well into the book before starting work as little gems keep popping up that really make things easier. All in all though it is easy reading and the step by step structure makes it feel easy whether you dedicate a few hours a day or a few hours a month.

In the past I have started a couple of times to research my family history and never really got into it but with this book, the CD and a little bit of dedication I really have make some progress. Well I am back to 1765 so far and there is great interest as there may be a transportee to Botany Bay, Australia in the family!

I really do recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2012
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With more and more people looking into their family history, more and more authors are trying to get their share of the beginners market. And this one is definitely near the top of the pile. It takes you the basics, as there aren't really that many shortcuts when it comes to establishing facts, holds your hand through investigating official records, and goes on to look at computer tools for helping you on your way. However, folks from the UK who don't live in England should approach with caution as it is very Anglo-centric. Regardless, the basics are laid out well, and it's well worth a read.
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