Easy Family History: The Beginner's Guide to Starting Your Research
Easy Family History takes the stress out of family history research. It guides readers through the most important information sources for family historians in the UK including family documents, official records, archives and websites. From what to expect on a birth cert to how to use newspaper archives each chapter focuses on an area of research and takes you through the basics.
This book focuses on UK records and archives. Fully updated, this new edition includes information on recently released archives such as the 1911 Census and recently digitised military records and archives that are now online. This book features screenshots of useful websites and images of sample archival documents throughout.
Author David Annal draws on his expertise and experience as a professional family history researcher to help budding family historians to get started and keep their findings in order and in perspective.
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Staff Reviews Easy Family History is simply that; easy. It is prepared and written by David Annal, a researcher so well versed in all the intricacies of Family History that he does indeed make it seem easy. Fortunately for the reader, this book also starts sensibly with a look into what useful information could be already be to hand in the home such as heirlooms, attic/cellar bric-a-brac, photos and of course chats with the relatives. There's also a useful Key Dates Listing.
From that useful starting point the book follows, via individual chapters, the natural genealogical trail of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Thereafter there is a very accessible research progression, chapter by chapter, on how to extract the most useful family information from: Census Records, Wills and Probate, Records before 1837 ( start of Civil Registration ) and Military Records. Then come chapters on how the reader can logically widen their research arena to include Newspaper Records, Photographs, Emigration and Immigration Records and, of course, now the Internet. Finally there is a very helpful Glossary and an essential Useful Addresses and Websites section.
Not only has the author presented the information in easy to manage chapters but he has written it in very reader - friendly and personable prose. Well presented in a handy paperback format for those quick-reference, genealogical moments, this title is a gem.
Chris Roelants, Assistant Retail Manager