Collins Tracing Your Family History
COLLINS TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Anthony Adolph’s guide to tracing your family history had been described as ‘the definitive handbook for anyone interested in tracing their family’s past’.
Practical and entertaining, this reference guide is the indispensible companion for everyone seeking reliable help in tracking down their family origins.
·Comprehensive guidance on the wealth of governmental, religious and more obscure records available to the family history sleuth.
·Useful advice on how to expand and reinvigorate a search when the trail runs cold.
·Tips on using the Internet as both a starting point and a supplement to more traditional searches.
·Unique help on finding ancestors from outside the UK.
With a highly modern look and engaging style, this book is the ideal guide for the amateur genealogist.
A hero of the British-Zulu wars, awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery... a pioneering Indian prime minister of the province of Bhavnagar... Princess Anne's husband's descent from a Jewish merchant of Venice... a 16th-century peasant woman, executed for bewitching a man and his pigs...
These are just some of the extraordinary stories that Anthony Adolph has unearthed in his years of researching family histories. What mysteries does your family's past hold? Collins Tracing Your Family History helps you find out.
From parish records to marriage certificates, from wills to military service records, there is a vast amount of information about your ancestors just waiting to be discovered. Recognising the important influence of the Internet in modern genealogical research, this book tells you how to combine the latest technology with the most proven research techniques as you delve deeper into your heritage.
The guide is perfect for the novice family historian, beginning with the very basics of genealogical research. It will also prove invaluable for those who have made some progress but find their trail has gone cold or want to take their research further- from old county maps to naturalisation records, Anthony Adolph has suggestions for a wealth of more unexpected sources to unblock your search. No matter how deep you would like to dig into your family's past, he leads the way with informative guidance and fascinating case studies.
From Wales to India, Ireland to Jamaica, wherever your family hails from, Collins Tracing Your Family History gives you the expert advice and tips you need to make your search efficient, fruitful - and fascinating. In short, this is the only book you need to make your family’s past come to life.
The main topics covered are:
ASK THE FAMILY
WRITING IT ALL DOWN
FINDING PICTURES OF ANCESTORS
DIRECTORIES and ALMANACS
LIVES LESS ORDINARY- illegitimacy; adoption; fostering; missing people and divorce
THINGS THAT WILL HELP- Archives, societies, websites, publications and people.
GRAVESTONES AND MEMORIALS
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES
ABOUT PLACES- Maps and local histories
RECORDS OF ELECTIONS
THE PARISH CHEST
ALMSHOUSES AND WORKHOUSES
WHAT PEOPLE DID
FIGHTING FOREBEARS- Records of the armed forces
TAX AND OTHER FINANCIAL MATTERS
IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
ROYALTY, NOBILITY AND LANDED GENTRY
CLANS AND TARTANS