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British Genealogy Books

The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland : Volume 1. England (Paperback)

by John Debrett

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1812 edition published in London.

The eighth edition, considerably improved.

Paperback: 646 pages

Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (December 24, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN: 1402159544
 

The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland : Volume 2. Scotland and Ireland

by John Debrett

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1812 edition published in London.

Paperback: 669 pages

Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (December 24, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN: 1402159536


 

Tracing Your Family Tree: In England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Hardcover)

by Kathy Chater

This invaluable reference work will answer all of your questions regarding finding out information on your lineage.

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Lorenz Books (February 2004)

Language: English

ISBN: 0754812863

Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.3 x 1.0 inches

 

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage

by Paul Milner, Linda Jonas
Paperback: 184 pages

Publisher: Betterway Books (May 1, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN: 1558705368

 

Dictionary of English Surnames

A Dictionary of English Surnames is an authoritative and enlightening guide to the origins of English surnames and how they developed over the centuries. A comprehensive survey of this popular subject, it provides useful information on 16,000 surnames, giving full sources and dates. Different forms of names are also cross-referenced for ease of use. A valuable historical and linguistic introduction to the subject is included, along with a new appendix on how to trace the origin of a family name.

About the Author: P. H. Reaney is the author of The Origin of English Surnames (RKP, 1980). R. M. Wilson is Professor Emeritus of English Language at Sheffield University.
Paperback: 520 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3rd Rev edition (November 1, 1997)

 

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History

If, like many Americans, you're curious about your English past, and wish to know what your village, town, or county was like many years ago, or have an overriding desire to uncover the everyday lives of your ancestors, then The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History is the perfect book, an unrivalled new guide to investigating how we used to live before we came to the United States.

The last thirty years have seen a huge growth of interest in local and family history both as a subject for the general enthusiast and as an area of academic study. With over 2,000 entries The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History caters admirably to this growing popularity by providing detailed summaries of the latest knowledge in such fields as social, urban, agricultural, legal, family, and ecclesiastical history. It gives guidance on where to find and how to use documentary sources, suggests books and journals to help the reader in further research, and includes entries which explain terms which may puzzle beginners in the field. Covering a broad canvas, from prehistory to the present day, taking in the whole of the British Isles, the Companion paints a thorough picture of rural and urban life.

There are entries on everything from bear-baiting and Morris dancing to aerial photography and the use of computers. Individuals included range from writers, historians, and social commentators to landscape designers and antiquarians (Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, Samuel Pepys, `Capability' Brown, etc.), while institutions and organizations (HMSO, Armed Forces, trades unions, Inns of Court, etc.) are all fully covered. Cells and cellars combine with entries on cider and cinemas, foxhunting and framework knitting, to provide a invaluable compendium of information and advice for both the amateur and profesional researcher, and a fascinating introduction to the subject for the general reader.

British Archives : A Guide to Archive Resources in the United Kingdom

by Scott Smith-Bannister
British Archives is the most comprehensive guide to archive resources in the UK. Since publication of the first edition more than ten years ago, it has established itself as an indispensable source for essential information about access archives and archive repositories in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Over 1,200 entries provide detailed information on the nature and extent of the collection as well as the organization holding it.

About the Author: Janet Foster is a freelance archives consultant. Julia Sheppard is Head of Special Collections and archivist of the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine and Understanding of Medicine.
Hardcover: 856 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 4th edition (February 23, 2002)

Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (2 Volume Set)

Since its first publication in 1826, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage has been rightly regarded as the authoritative reference book on the British aristocracy and, consequently, has become an institution in its own right. The recently published 106th Edition of the original Burke's is the first to be produced for more than 25 years.
Appreciative of the tradition and reputation of Burke's, editor Charles Mosley and his team of academic experts and senior genealogists have been engaged in the revision for several years--to ensure that this new edition is both accurate and complete. While adhering to its established format in listing the details of 108,000 living people (numerous of whom live in the United States and in the various countries of the British Commonwealth), the 106th Burke's incorporates some important changes that will make the new edition far easier to use. For the first time it will have a full index (of some 250 pages) for all living persons. A larger typeface with practical use of bold print and a clearer, easy-to-follow layout combine to make it much simpler to read and understand.

In addition, valuable new information is included: preliminary essays on the histories of major families and titles; articles on the principal houses and family seats; a thorough revision of all coats of arms (which have been computer enhanced for greater clarity); and details on the correct forms of address for all living individuals.

The 106th Edition of Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, with more than 3,400 pages in two volumes, is the most comprehensive study ever produced of the British aristocracy and its ancestry; it now confirms its position as the indispensable source of reference on the subject.

Names and Naming Patterns in England 1538-1700 (Oxford Historical Monographs)

This is a study of names given to children born in England between 1538 and 1700. Drawing on statistical data from forty English parishes, Scott looks at the most commonly used names, how children came to be given these names, why they were often named after their godparents and parents, and how social status affected the names chosen.

Hardcover: 223 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 1, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN: 0198206631

A Student's Guide to British American Genealogy (Oryx American Family Tree Series)

This major contribution to young adult genealogy studies helps create ethnic pride, self-esteem, and awareness of the extraordinary accomplishments each ethnic group has brought to the American experience. Designed for use in grades 6-12, this important new series explores the creation of the American people while promoting the use and understanding of solid research techniques. Oryx American Family Tree Series enhances the social studies curriculum--especially the thematic strands in the New Curriculum Standards for Social Studies-- * culture, time, continuity, and change * people, places and environment * individual development and identity * individuals, groups, and institutions * power, authority, and governance * global connections While using the volumes in this series, young adults experience a uniquely personalized opportunity to practice the historians craft as they learn how to collect data, obtain and evaluate documents and sources, use the latest electronic tools for researching, and conduct and record eyewitness accounts of historical events in family life. The volumes carefully describe the challenges unique to researching each ethnic group or region. Also explained are the "why" and "how" of tracing their roots if users are adopted or come from nontraditional families. Also, each book in the series provides basic historical and cultural background information. As young adults explore their cultural heritage, they gain self-esteem, personal identity, and ethnic pride. Each volume in the Oryx American Family Tree Series is packed with hundreds of annotated bibliographic references for print, electronic, and media sources, as well as many helpful organizations. Every book is lavishly illustrated with 4-color and black and white photographs throughout and features a glossary and an index. The series is published in sturdy 6" x 9" casebound volumes of approximately 200 pages printed on acid-free paper.

Domesday Names : An Index of Latin Personal and Place Names in Domesday Book

Presented here is the first complete, all Latin index to the Domesday Book, comprising two Indices Personarum and one Index Locorum. The main Index Personarumcontains all references to people: named individuals, title-holders, and `institutions' (collections of persons functioning as individual landholders in the Domesday text); individuals are listed alphabetically under the initial letter of their forename, while `institutions' are entered under the place where they are located. The second, shorter Index Personarum lists all people alphabetically under their surname. In both indexes the exact Latin forms given in Domesday Book and all variant spellings have been retained. The Index Locorumlists all place-names in Domesday, except where linked to an `institution': the names of administrative units have been incorporated alphabetically into this index with the appropriate term added after the name. Cross-references to other counties have also been included. Again, the Latin form in the Domesday text is given exactly. References are to the 1783 Farley and more recent Phillimore editions. Dr K.S.B. KEATS-ROHANis Director of the Linacre Unit for Prosopographical Research; DAVID THORNTONis Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Bilkent University, Ankara.

Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Record Office (Public Record Office Handbooks, No. 19)

by Amanda Bevan
Now in its sixth edition, this is a comprehensive guide to the vast collection of court and government documents held at the Public Record Office, the British equivalent of the National Archives. This collection of census reports, military service records, wills, lawsuits, and tax documents is particularly useful for those interested in tracing English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestors. This new edition will be the first to cover the landmark 1901 Census, whose information has just been released to the public.
Among 75 other updates are immigration, Army, Navy, and Merchant Marine records.
Paperback: 524 pages
Publisher: Public Record Office Publications; 6 ed edition (August 1, 2002)

 

English Parish Records: England (General) (English Parish Records (Software))

England: Canterbury - Marriage Licences issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1679-1694 England: Canterbury - Marriage Licences issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660 to 1668 England: Canterbury - The Harleian Society. Allegations for Marriage Licences Issued by the Vicar: General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1669 to 1679. Volume 34. England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800, parts 1 & 2 (Compiled By Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where some Account of their Character is to be Found.) England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800, parts 3 & 4 (Compiled By Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where some Account of their Character is to be Found.) England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800, parts 5 & 6 (Compiled By Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where some Account of their Character is to be Found.) The Harleian Society. Obituary Prior to 1800 (as Far as Relates to England, Scotland, and Ireland), Compiled By Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him "A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where Some Account of Their Character is to be Found." Volume 49. England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1383-1558 a England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1383-1558 b England: Canterbury - Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1558-1583 Sussex - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1584-1604 England: - Marriage Licences Issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714 England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogatibe Court of Canterbury, 1605-1619 England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1620-1629 England: Canterbury - Wills and Administrations in the Probate Registry at Canterbury, 1396-1558 and 1640-1650 England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1657-1660 England: Canterbury - Index to the Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1663-1859 (L-Z) England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1671-1675 England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1649-1654 England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1655-1660 (A-F) England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1655-1660 (G-Q) England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1655-1660 (R-Z) England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1581-1595 England: Canterbury - Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1686-1693 England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1694-1700 England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1596-1608 England: Canterbury - Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1609-1619 Norfolk (England general): Yarmouth - Registers of Passengers (Great Yarmouth to Holland and New England), 1637-1639 England: Canterbury - Wills and Administrations in the probate registry at Canterbury, 1558-1577 and Administrations 1539-1545 IL Calendar of Administrations in the Consistory court of the Bishop of Chichester 1555-1800 Calendar of Wills and Administrations in the Peculiar court of the Archbishop of Canterbury 1520-1670 Calendar of Wills and Administrations in the Peculiar Court of the Dean of Chichester 1577-1800. Vol 64 England: - Index of Chancery Proceedings (Reynardson's Division) (A-K) England: - Index of Chancery Proceedings (Reynardson's Division) (L-Z) England: - Calendar of Chancery Proceedings, Bills and Answers filed in the reign of King Charles the First a England: - Calendar of Chancery Proceedings, Bills and Answers filed in the reign of King Charles the First b England: - Calendar of Chancery Proceedings, Bills and Answers filed in the reign of King Charles the First c England: - Calendar of Chancery Proceedings, Bills and Answers filed in the reign of King Charles the First d England: - Index nominum to the Royalist compostion papers (A-F) England: - Index to Bills of Provy Signet (Signet Bills), 1584-1596 & 1603-1624; Writs of Privy Seal, 1601-1603 England: - Placita coram domino rege apud Wesmonasterium de termino Sancte Trinitatis anno Regni Regis Edwardi filii regis Henrici vicesimo Quinto, The Pleas of the Court of Kings Bench, Trinity Term, 25 Edword 1st, 1297 England: Canterbury - Index to the Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1663-1859 (A-K) England: Canterbury -Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1653-1656 (preserved in the Principal Probate Registry, Somerset House, London)

Guide to Genealogical Resources in the British Isles

by Dolores B. Owen
Hardcover: 399 pages
Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 28, 1989)
Language: English
ISBN: 0810821532

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