Tracing Your Family History (Collins Need to Know?) Paperback – 2 Apr 2007
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Reviews for Collins Tracing Your Family History:
‘Definitive advice for anyone interested in tracing their family’s past.’ Family Tree Magazine.
‘…the information is superb.’ Ancestors.
‘The overriding feeling about this book is that it is bending over backwards to try and assist researchers, providing answers by almost pre-empting the questions.’ Your Family Tree.
‘Enthusiasm and quirky knowledge (that) makes this book stand out.’ Family History Monthly.
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A hero of the British-Zulu wars, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery...a pioneering Indian prime minister of the province of Bhavnagar...Princess Anne's husband's descent from a Jewish merchant of Venice...a 16th-century peasant woman, executed for bewitching a man and his pigs...
These are just some of the extraordinary stories that Anthony Adolph has unearthed in his years of researching family histories. What mysteries does your family's past hold? 'Collins Tracing Your Family History' helps you find out.
From parish records to marriage certificates, from wills to military service records, there is a vast amount of information about your ancestors just waiting to be discovered. Recognising the important influence of the Internet in modern genealogical research, this book tells you how to combine the latest technology with the most proven research techniques as you delve deeper into your heritage.
The guide is perfect for the novice family historian, beginning with the very basics of genealogical research. It will also prove invaluable for those who have made some progress but find their trail has gone cold or want to take their research further - from old county maps to naturalisation records, Anthony Adolph has suggestions for a wealth of more unexpected sources to unblock your search. No matter how deep you would like to dig into your family's past, he leads the way with informative guidance and fascinating case studies.
From Wales to India, Ireland to Jamaica, wherever your family hails from, 'Collins Tracing Your Family History' gives you the expert advice and tips you need to make your search efficient, fruitful - and fascinating. In short, this is the only guide you need to make your family's past come to life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Its chapters are structured by category of record, which means that it is easy find everything you need about specific types or sets of records in one place. This is useful as, once your family history investigation gets under way, this is usually the way one organises the research process.
One danger facing any author in this field is that the internet references quickly become dated. TYFH has a large number of URLs that can be usefully followed up, in fact more than enough to keep an assiduous researcher fully occupied for many, many months. However, if you're the kind of researcher that has to nail down every reference or potential website record then you probably need Peter Christian's 'The Genealogist's Internet', now in its third edition, as well.
It's hard to imagine any single book containing everything that a present-day genealogist would ever want, the range of documentary materials transcribed and online records available is simply too great, but this is an exellent single-volume description of the field that covers the full scope that almost all family history projects will ever need.
This book goes through the various methods of obtaining data explaining how to cross reference sources to validate the information. The writing style is easy to follow and has been split in a manner to make it possible to read the book in small sections if required.
I frequently refer back to sections of the book so it has proved to be excellent value to me. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to begin creating or continuing to research their family details.
Collins Tracing Your Family History
I have "dipped" into this book at random and have found the articles particularly interesting and informative. A good source, it would seem, for anyone trying to trace their family history, easy to read and the details quoted in good everyday language. My is copy is a Hardback publication; I think a Paperback version would be easier to carry around with you when following "leads".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was delivered very soon after my order, thank you.
It was recommended to me by our local family history group. Read more
Whilst the information detailing the many and varied sources that can be accessed for tracing family history is excellent the production of the book is just dreadful. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2010 by R. A. Scarfe