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Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The definitive reference guide to tracing your family history (Text Only) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Barratt
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Book Description

(This edition does not include illustrations.)

Covering all access levels, from the new beginner to the more experienced researcher, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a comprehensive master class in solving the mysteries of your personal heritage.

Beginning with advice on the very first steps, before providing a detailed explanation of the range of sources you will encounter when trying to flesh out your ancestor's lives.

The Encyclopedia is divided into sections, each a fascinating standalone reference article so that you can easily pick and mix the relevant information according to the route your journey through your family history takes you.

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy guides you through:

• Getting started, including research planning, sources, how to construct a family tree and working online
• Going further, combining historical context (from military history to migration and family secrets) with practical advice on sources
• Troubleshooting the most common problems such as common surnames and missing ancestors
• Surname databases
• Use of DNA such as DNA profiling services
• Organisational tools such as designing a website and information about software and community projects.

Everything you need to bring alive your family tree.


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Praise for the TV Series:
'Combining personal quest, social history and autobiography, it proved a triumphant mixture.' Daily Telegraph

From the Author

The popularity of family history can be gauged by the number of websites and publications about the subject. So why produce yet another book about tracing your roots?

As the Who Do You Think You Are? BBC TV series has shown, modern genealogy is far more than collecting names - it's a journey into one's personal heritage. Consequently, it's not sufficient to simply identify who your forebears were - the real excitement lies in tracking down where they lived, what jobs they did, how local and national events affected their lives - or, in some cases, how their actions affected events.

The Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy has been written with this fresh perspective in mind, and shows that we can find out far more about our ancestors than their name and vital statistics of birth, marriage and death. Consequently, it differs in its approach from other titles on genealogy by tackling real subjects that people discover lurking in their family backgrounds - military heroes, illegitimate ancestors, criminals and bigamists - and then placing these topics in their historical context, so that you can fully understand why your ancestors were doing what they did, such as disappearing around the world to fight one of Queen Victoria's many wars. The historical background is then linked to a description of the main sources you'll need to consult to learn about these subjects, and where they can be found, whilst providing practical guidance that allows you to extract the most from your research; all drawn from over 5 years experience working on the series, and for nearly 20 years as a professional historian.

By spending time sifting through records within the family and in archives, libraries and museums around the country and even overseas, we can rediscover the lost world of the past, viewed through the eyes of our relatives. In many instances, we can bring their words and deeds back to life through these records, and give a fresh perspective to the `bigger picture' history that we often take for granted.

At school, history runs the risk of becoming a procession of dates, events and `famous' people. For example, textbooks on the First World War focus on the campaigns, battles, tactics and outcomes. Yet our ancestors served on the front line amidst the mud and blood, facing the horror of going over the top. Their service records detail this; their letters and photographs to loved ones back home tell of their hopes and fears; and their perspective of events make them seem all too real. It is this level of history - gritty, real and personal - that the encyclopaedia takes you to.

Indeed, the case studies, drawn from the celebrities featured in the TV series, show what can be done with some patient research; but it's important to stress that anyone can put together the sort of findings that make the Who Do You Think You Are? show so fascinating to watch. There's no mystery, no secret - it is simply painstaking detective work that people are doing around the country every day. By picking up this book you can join their ranks, bring your past back to life and see the world around you from a new perspective.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4678 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E31A37W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996. Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher. He is also in demand as a speaker on popular history and geneology following his work as a presenter, reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. for the BBC on Who Do You Think You Are. He has worked with a variety of companies, celebrities and TV presenters often compiling their family history including Richard Bacon, Richard Hammond, Victoria Beckham and Catherine Zeta Jones, Nick also writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called 'The Family Detective'.

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge help with family history! 20 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't do without this book. I started researching my family tree over 2 years ago and found that there were things I didn't understand, information I needed but didn't know how to get and this book points you in all the right directions. It also details what certain occupations were about and their importance and has a few links to the programme - shows how they found out certain information and so on.

All in all, I don't regret buying this book for one moment - it is full of website addresses, addresses to write to and lots of information you thought you knew but realised you didn't.

A great help!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer for amateur genealogists 21 Sept. 2009
By Thomas Pots TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have been researching my family tree for a few years as a keen amateur. I wish I had this book when I started, because it is a fabulous resource. It won't turn you into a professional genealogist, but it provide you will all you need to get started on your research.

Although the book is clearly a tie-in with the BBC television series "Who Do You Think You Are?" it overlaps with the series only by calling upon examples from episodes of the series. For example, it uses the "Bill Oddie" episode to explain a point about researching death certificates. Thus, you don't need to have seen the series to use the book. Indeed, I would argue that the series does not really show much useful "real" genealogy at all.

Barratt begins the book showing you how to start your research - by collecting information from living relatives, such as stories, certificates, photos, the family Bible, medals, and so on, and then using this to build a basic family tree composed of what you know (rather than guesses and myths). The rest of the book takes you through the key areas of genealogy, including civil registration documents, parish records, military records, and so on. He also takes a look at researching overseas relatives, slavery, immigration, medical records, and many other kinds of records and resources. This book focuses mainly on UK ancestors, which is inevitable for a book aimed at a UK-based readership. It therefore won't be especially helpful if you were born in England but 90% of your ancestors lived in America.

It sometimes skims over the trickier details of subjects, giving the basic facts but leaving you with questions. I would defend that design decision, as the book covers a huge number of subjects in just 531 pages.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A weighty tome on researching family history! 17 Jun. 2009
Format:Hardcover
"Who Do You Think You Are?" Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The Definitive Reference Guide to Tracing Your Family History

In this book, Nick Barratt provides an excellent guide for researching your family history. This is more than just an encyclopedia for dipping into when you need it - as well as offering step by step explanations on how to use various resources to research your family tree, which are ideal for the beginner, Nick (a familiar face from the first series of 'Who do you think you are?') also offers more experienced researchers further information about how to dig deeper in to the background of your ancestors - to put flesh on the bones of your research. Definitely a recommended read and resource for anyone interested in exploring their family history!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent resource! Whatever stage you are at, you will find useful information here. The information can probably be found in other books, but this puts a lot of it in one 500+ page book! Nick Barratt is a historical consultant/researcher, and worked on Who Do You Think You Are as a researcher - he knows his stuff!

It comes in 5 sections:

1. "Getting Started" - the preparation you need, gathering initial information, etc.:
- First Steps
- Building Your Family Tree
- Working in Archives
- Research Tips and Hints

2. "Basic Sources":
- Civil Registration
- Census Records
- Parish Records
- Wills and Probate Documents

3. "Areas of Family History" (what exists and where to find it):
- Military Ancestors (Army; Navy; Marines; Air Force)
- Occupations (Merchant Navy; Sea; Mining; Factories, Foundries and Mills; Travel and Communications; Farming and Agricultural Labourers; Professional Classes - Private Sector/Public Sectgor; Trades and Crafts)
- Migration (Immigration; Emigration)
- Family Secrets (Poverty and Lunacy; Illegitimacy and Adoption; Bigamy and Divorce; Criminal Ancestors)
- Social History (Working Further Back in Time)

4. "Troubleshooting Guides":
- Army Service Records, First World War
- Army Service Medals, First World War
- Early Army Records
- Naval Service Records
- Merchant Seamen Service Records
- Royal Marine Service Records
- RAF Service Records
- Immigration
- Emigration

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 28 Mar. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I started researching my family history a couple of years ago with a subscription on Ancestry.co.uk and that site is very helpful. However, this book has even more tips and helpful suggestions in it and it's title really does say it all. I have found it to be extremely helpful in every way. If you are researching your family roots, or even someone else's, this is a fantastic resource book to start with. It is very comprehensive and tells you (I think) everything you need to know about how to go about this task. Complete with websites, addresses and phone numbers, and many, many useful idea's to help you. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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