- Hardcover: 282 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Select; 1st Edition edition (18 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184884056X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848840560
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nick Barratt's Beginner's Guide to Your Ancestors Lives Hardcover – 18 Mar 2010
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About the Author
Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996.
Nick has his own weekly column in the Daily Telegraph called The Family Detective and has published several books, including Tracing the History of Your House (TNA, 2nd ed, 2006), The Family Detective (2006) and Who Do You Think You Are 2 (2005) and 3(2006) to accompany the TV series two and three, as well as the Who Do You Think You Are Encyclopedia of Geneology.
Top Customer Reviews
The most useful parts of the book are its second and third sections covering aspects of family history which are often only just mentioned in passing.
Section two deals with tracing your ancestral home and includes information on using maps and plans (such as Ordnance Survey maps, Valuation Office Survey, Tithe Apportionments, 1943 National Farm Survey, Enclosure Maps and Awards, maps and plans for public schemes, such as slum clearance and new towns, plus other private records that are now in the public domain). It also covers house ownership and occupancy, including land law and transferring property from one person to another. It details different types of title deeds and the many records created as a result of conveyancing. All this is very well explained and easy to understand. There are detailed references to many sources and explanations of how to search them for information that is relevant to your own family. Wills, directories, electoral registers and inventories are also included, as is common in many beginner's guides, plus some more interesting and unusual sources for discovering what your ancestor's house might have looked like.Read more ›