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A very useful aid for any family history researcher
on 13 September 2012
This book is just what I needed to augment my Genealogical research.
Prof. Probert clearly knows her subject, as evidenced by the scope of Family Law publications listed on her Amazon Author's page. She is no stuffy academic. Extensively researched, the book is written in plain English, and is well ordered. It achieves that elusive balance of being both thorough and concise.
With chapter titles of Why, Who, How, When and Where, it dispels all the myths and mumbo jumbo about early marriages still to be found quoted in contemporary Genealogical publications. It is punctuated with "Key facts" that clarify the realities of marriage law in England and Wales since the early 17th century, which is as far back as most amateur genealogists can reasonably hope to reach.
It directly answers most of the questions about marriages that are likely to be raised by real family history researchers, as well as providing some very interesting (to me at least) statistics. Recognizing that these statistics were presented as samples to illustrate the specific points being made, this is an area that I personally feel might have been usefully extended.