Easy Family History
Date of publication: October 2005
Publisher: The National Archives
This guide is for everyone interested in their ancestors whose research has not yet begun, or is in its early stages. It offers exactly what it says on the cover. David Annal introduces all the relevant sources of information in easy steps and most logical sequence, focusing on what you really need to know. The chapters are interwoven with practical features on issues that could crop up during research: for example different spellings of your ancestor's surname.
Written with humour and minimum fuss, this is the most accessible guide on the market - and at a size and price to suit any pocket.
• Homework: domestic sources
• In the Beginning: birth records
• Coming Together: marriage records
• Counting the People: census returns
• Ashes to Ashes: death records
• Where There's a Will: probate records
• Going Back in Time: parish registers
• Where in the World: maps and photographs
• Read All About It: newspapers
• The Whole World is Out There: the internet
• Where Do I Go Now?
David Annal was a professional genealogical researcher until he joined the Family Records Centre in 1998. He is currently the FRC's development manager. He is on the editorial board of The National Archives' Ancestors magazine, and has written widely on family history.
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