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Tracing your Ancestors

Fowler, Simon (Book - 2011 )
Tracing your Ancestors


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This accessible, well-organized, easy-to-use beginners' guide to the world of family history is essential reading for anyone who wants to find their way into this fascinating subject. In a series of short, practical chapters Simon Fowler takes readers through all the first steps that will reveal the lives of their ancestors and the world they lived in. He looks at every aspect of research, from finding family papers and interviewing relatives, through exploring websites, archives, newspapers and directories, to all the other sources that can throw a light into the past. In a clear, straightforward way he explains how vital records of births, marriages and deaths can be used as the starting point in a sequence of eye-opening family detective work. Simon Fowler's introduction, which is founded on a career of genealogical research and writing, is an indispensable basic book for anyone entering in the field.
Authors: Fowler, Simon
Title: Tracing your ancestors
Publisher: Barnsley :, Pen & sword family history,, 2011.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Starting at Home
What to ask
Identifying old photographs
Identifying military uniforms
Looking after family heirlooms
Be organised
One-name studies
"Pure Ango-Saxon with just a dash of Viking"
ch. 2 Finding Information Online
Resources online
What Ancestry offers
What Findmypast offers
Resources for free
Less is more
Using Google
ch. 3 Using Archives and Libraries
The National Archives
Visiting The National Archives
Other archives
Libraries
Use your local library
Undertaking research
Family history centres
ch. 4 Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Registration certificates
What you will find
Clues in certificates
Can't find your person?
Alternatives
Local registration
Marriage licences
Divorce records
Parish Registers
Introduction
The Church of England
Nonconformists and Catholics
Monumental inscriptions
ch. 5 The Census
Contents note continued: Census dates
Make no mistake
Supplementary income
Getting access
Can't find your ancestor?
Using the census for free
What the census can also tell you
Supplementary sources
National Identity Card registration
ch. 6 Wills
Wills before 1858
Wills from 1858
Death duties
Letters of administration
ch. 7 Military Records before 1914
The British Army
Service records
Officers
Other ranks
Casualties
Medals
Campaign records
Part-time soldiers
The Royal Navy
Service records
Officers
Other ranks
Casualty records
Medals
Operational records
Royal Marines
ch. 8 Military Records for the Two World Wars
First World War
Medal Index Cards
Service records
Army
Other sources
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Unit records
War diaries
Squadron Record Books
Casualty records
Commonwealth War Graves Commision
Soldiers died in the Great War
Other sources
Contents note continued: Second World War
Service records
Casualty records
Medals
Operational records
War diaries
Operational Record Books
Royal Navy
ch. 9 Other Sources
Occupations
Apprentices
Merchant seamen
The Police
The Post Office
Railways
Immigration and Emigration
Immigration
Emigration
The British in India
Miscellaneous
Change of name
Criminals
Freemasons
Poor Law and charity records
School records
ch. 10 Printed Sources
Directories
Electoral registers
Newspapers
Nineteenth Century Newspapers
National newspapers online
The Gentleman's Magazine
Other reference books
Online libraries
Maps
ch. 11 Scotland and Ireland
Scotland
Statutory records of birth, marriage and death
Information on Registers for 1855 only
Information on Registers from 1856
Census
Old Parish Registers (OPRS)
What the Old Parish Registers may tell you
Deaths
Contents note continued: Wills, testaments and inventories
Other resources
Irish research
Civil registration
Censuses
Parish registers
Wills and testaments
Other sources
Records specific to Ireland
Appendices
1.First information about an individual
2.Further Reading
3.Useful addresses
4.How to read a document
5.Drawing up a family tree
6.Some problems solved
7.Researching the rich
8.Society of Genealogists
9.Surnames.
Local Note: 5
ISBN: 9781844159482
1844159485
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