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on 5 September 2017
I learned a lot, about things I knew nothing about, all interesting. To much to remember, definitely need bookmarks to find information in the future.
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on 3 September 2017
extremely helpful
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on 5 April 2017
useful book
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on 13 July 2016
This is really a guide to sources in which records of ancestors might be found, rather than a guide to tracing them. Even to get back to the Tudor period is a major achievement for most family historians. Sources for research in the medieval period are significantly different and considerable experience in palaeography and Latin is necessary to use them effectively. It would have been better if the content of this book had been split into two, as was done by Paul Chambers when he wrote 'Medieval Genealogy' and 'Early Modern Genealogy'.

Attempting to cover the whole period from 1066 to 1837 means that some topics are given scant attention, and significant facts are omitted. For example, the author states correctly that there were four archdeaconries in the Diocese of Exeter, but since he chose this diocese as an example, it would have been pertinent to mention that the probate records of three of them no longer survive, as they were destroyed during the Second World War. He also states 'Remember that several wills proved prior to 1733 will be in Latin', but virtually no wills were in Latin after the mid-sixteenth century. It is the records of the probate courts, such as grants of probate and administration, that are in Latin before 1733. There is only a short paragraph on marriage licences and no mention of why they could potentially be useful in research.

Generalisations are made that contain an element of truth but are not entirely accurate. The author states that Dade registers were in use in the dioceses of Chester and York in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the implication being that they were widely used in both dioceses, but they are found in only a minority of parishes in the Diocese of York and only a very small number of parishes in the Diocese of Chester. The author refers to the Poor Law Act of 1662 as the Act of Settlement. The 1662 Act was the Act for the Better Relief of the Poor of this Kingdom, commonly known as the Settlement Act or Settlement and Removal Act, and the description Act of Settlement usually refers to the Act of 1701 which settled the succession to the throne.

Referring to nonconformist registers, the author states that 'Unlike Anglican Registers, the baptism registers note the mother's maiden name', which is quite incorrect. Maiden name was recorded in the baptism registers of some nonconformist congregations, but this was far from universal. The author has nothing to say about Quakers, their extensive records, or the fact that unlike other nonconformists, they performed their own marriage ceremonies.

In writing this book the author has clearly attempted to squeeze several quarts into a pint pot. The book works reasonably well as an overview of genealogical sources in the period before civil registration, but is not really a guide to tracing ancestors.
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on 25 March 2016
A wonderful tool which fills the gap between what is available and what is still a mystery!
Full of gems you wouldn't necessarily know about, such as the apprenticeship of orphans so the parish did not have to keep them, and charity registers, which give details of how and where the wealthy left their money to buy land or stock with the interest paying to keep the poor of the parish. Fascinating through and through! For family historians, a must buy, definitely.
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on 31 March 2017
Looking forward to reading this, but I thought it would help me with my genealogy research, perhaps not.
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on 19 April 2017
Interesting but as an aid to family tree research it didn't really help all that much as the info is very basic.
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on 28 April 2017
Good book
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on 20 May 2017
Very prompt delivery, book new as stated. Excellent service, would recommend.
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With the ever-growing interest in genealogy and family history Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837 is a wonderful addition to the ever-growing literature on the subject. With the various websites where one can build a family tree starting back from their selves back a few generations to around the mid-nineteenth century, then they start drawing a blank.

Unless you are a trained historian or genealogist the average person may not know what to do next and they will find this book an excellent resource to continue their search. This book has been written by Jonathan Oates who is currently the Ealing Borough Archivist and the local history librarian, who over his career will have guided many people in their search for more about their family.

What I like about this book is that is clearly written, very comprehensive and easy to use, something that you are able to dip in and out of, an important aid. This book opens up the field of research from the Norman invasion until just before the coronation of Queen Victoria. This really is a required handbook for those who are beginning their search as well as those more experienced.

He starts by explaining the administrative, religious structures as well as society from the medieval to modern period, which is important, so that you know where to start your searches. As well as other areas to use for record search, such as manorial records alongside that of the Parish registers. He also explains how property and taxation records also happen to open new avenues to search and gives you the required knowledge you need.

What people must remember that this book gives a general overview of where to look and why they may be useful for information. As it is so general, some may find the information basic for their search, but this book will certainly help those who are new to family history.
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