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Who Do You Think You Are? [Paperback]

Dan Waddell
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11 Oct 2004
Published against a big multimedia TV event, this book is a jargon-free idiot's guide to tracing your family history. Light in tone, sometimes funny, often moving, and aimed at absolutely everyone, the book combines both stats and pub facts, with very real emotions as people discover the heroes and villains in their family's past. Rather than a dry 'how to' guide though, this book is inclusive, non-patronising and lively, and emphasises the human and emotional side to this popular pastime. Every family has their own history and secrets: the black sheep, the Great-Uncle who fought in the First World War, an ancestor who came to Britain from abroad, the lost family fortune or the shamed family member whose name is only ever whispered. We are all fascinated by the lives of our ancestors. The ground-breaking "BBC2" series "Who Do You Think You Are?" took ten TV personalities - from Vic Reeves to Jeremy Clarkson - on an emotional journey to trace their family history. Now the "Who Do You Think You Are?" jargon-free guide can help you go on your own journey into the past - showing you how to find out your own family history. And you never know what you might find. A whiff of scandal becomes a quest that can lead to the most astonishing revelations. Be warned: this is a compulsive hobby, and you may find yourself thinking of nothing else. No prior knowledge is needed. "Who Do You Think You Are?" equips you with the basic tools to start and maintain your quest as well as including all the celebrity stories. There is information on everything from where to find census information and how to order a birth certificate, to tracking down immigration documents and finding out if your navy officer great-great-uncle ever committed a disciplinary offence. And there's even a short section on good books and websites to go to if you want to get stuck in. With the amazing technology and excellent resources available to us today, it has never been easier to find out more about our ancestors.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (11 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563521945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563521945
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new concise guide to tracing your family tree, from the UK's leading and most trusted genealogy brand. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in London. He has written more than twenty works of fiction and non-fiction, including the bestselling guide which accompanied the first series of Who Do You Think You Are? He has also written an award-winning series of crime novels featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Family tree 9 Feb 2013
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it is a helpful book, but it could do with a few more helpfull hints and not so much on the actors who they do the tree for
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 July 2014
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Ok but it did'nt answer all my questions,sorry.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Series...Disappointing book 13 Dec 2013
By Martha A. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a fan of the series and BBC version is far superior to the US. Since I'm US based with British relatives, I thought this book may be helpful.

The layout is like a lava lamp flowing all over the place but not gelling together. Some pages have a separate colored text box with white text. The color combination is hard to read when other than white is used as the text color. Or a "Did You Know" text box with quirky facts not information you can use. Both are in bold large print. Very distracting from the regular text...like those annoying pop ads.

Each chapter has a section with a celebrity. It introduces them and briefly touches on their journey. The meat of the book is in small print and very hard to follow. It reminds of those essays in school where you had to use 500 words and you added fluff to cover the distance.

It is geared to the beginner but I thought I could glean something from it. And to be fair it does have some great information. But
if you are easily distracted you will miss it entirely.

Had the author done a separate in depth chapter on the celebrity and another on the lesson without all the hoopla, this would be an okay book. As it is you will finding yourself rereading the text to glean the gems.
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