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Who Do You Think You Are?: Discovering the Heroes and Villains in your Family Hardcover – 3 Jan 2006
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'Combining personal quest, social history and autobiography, it proved a triumphant mixture.' Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in London. He writes about the media and popular culture for a range of newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. This is his tenth book.
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The sections are:
Starting Out- a general, how to get down to it.
Skeletons-illegitimacy, divorce, bigamy, crime
For Queen and Country- military
Shippping in Shipping out- immigration and emigration
Earning a Crust-some guide to professions
Moving Around- why people up sticks to move to a better area
Where it fails now, is that internet research has very much improved since the book was written (the government web addresses have moved around) - I've progressed leaps and bounds with my long neglected tree because of online census returns and links to other people's attempts (I chose "Ancestry" as the service that best suited me). My family is very plodding, don't SEEM to go off and fight much, and just bounce around the English Midlands back to 1837. So this books has proved less useful because I'm rather lacking in transported criminals and German refugees. I've just got some juicy skeletons which also connect back to a potential 12th century line!
As a look and feel book, it's a definite 5, but it only scratches the surface of potential research. Then again- you're not going to learn everything in your first go at family history, so it will at least make you consider, all possibilities. following on from re-reading this, I'm going to see what I can glean from probate records for my now much expanded tree. Wish me luck!
Sadly, anyone hoping that this book will assist them in tracing their own family through history are better off looking elsewhere as that section is more of a footnote than any sizeable guide.
All in all a tad disappointing but a nice book for fans of the show.