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5.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopaedia that makes an effective resource!, 5 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The definitive reference guide to tracing your family history (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

5. "Key Resources"
- Origins and Meanings of Popular Surnames (Top 100 Surnames from 1881/1998)
- Definitions of Historic Occupations
- Genetic Genealogy (DNA Testing, Social Network Sites)
- National Archive Profiles (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland)
- Useful Website Addresses

All in all, I thoroughly recommend this book - I've had it for almost 5 years, and still find it useful!

It should be noted that this covers resources in the UK (particularly the National Archives of the UK and Eire) - if you are looking for information about resources from other countries, this isn't the book for you. If you need UK-based information, this will certainly help you!
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