Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy Book

Who Do You Think You Are? Encyclopedia of Genealogy Book


The definitive reference guide to tracing your family history

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From the makers of the award-winning BBC series and Dr Nick Barratt, the UK's leading authority on family history, comes the definitive, must-have guide to researching your family's roots and bringing your family history to life. Containing all you need to know whether youre a new beginner or more experienced researcher.


Covering all access levels, from the new beginner to the more experienced researcher, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy is a comprehensive master class in solving the mysteries of your personal heritage. Begining with advice on the very first steps, before providing a detailed explanation of the range of sources you will encounter when trying to flesh out your ancestor's lives.

The Encyclopedia is divided into sections, each a fascinating standalone reference article so that you can easily pick and mix the relevant information according to the route your journey through your family history takes you.

The Encyclopedia of Genealogy guides you through:

  • Getting started, including research planning, sources, how to construct a family tree and working online
  • Going further, combining historical context (from military history to migration and family secrets) with practical advice on sources
  • Troubleshooting the most common problems such as common surnames and missing ancestors
  • Surname databases
  • Use of DNA such as DNA profiling services
  • Organisational tools such as designing a website and information about software and community projects.

Everything you need to bring alive your family tree.

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    • Currently 3/5 Stars.
    An excellent resource - albeit only "new" to Ava - 10 / 06 / 2015
  • By  Phantomsteve "Stephen"
  • Firstly, although Avanquest have not stocked this before, it is not newly-published! It was first published in 2008.

    Having said that, it is an excellent resource! Whatever stage you are at, you will find useful information here. The information can probably be found in other books, but this puts a lot of it in one 500 page book! Nick Barratt is a historical consultant/researcher, and worked on Who Do You Think You Are as a researcher - he knows his stuff!

    It comes in 5 sections:

    1. "Getting Started" - the preparation you need, gathering initial information, etc.:
    - First Steps
    - Building Your Family Tree
    - Working in Archives
    - Research Tips and Hints

    2. "Basic Sources":
    - Civil Registration
    - Census Records
    - Parish Records
    - Wills and Probate Documents

    3. "Areas of Family History" (what exists and where to find it):
    - Military Ancestors (Army; Navy; Marines; Air Force)
    - Occupations (Merchant Navy; Sea; Mining; Factories, Foundries and Mills; Travel and Communications; Farming and Agricultural Labourers; Professional Classes - Private Sector/Public Sectgor; Trades and Crafts)
    - Migration (Immigration; Emigration)
    - Family Secrets (Poverty and Lunacy; Illegitimacy and Adoption; Bigamy and Divorce; Criminal Ancestors)
    - Social History (Working Further Back in Time)

    4. "Troubleshooting Guides":
    - Army Service Records, First World War
    - Army Service Medals, First World War
    - Early Army Records
    - Naval Service Records
    - Merchant Seamen Service Records
    - Royal Marine Service Records
    - RAF Service Records
    - Immigration
    - Emigration

    5. "Key Resources"
    - Origins and Meanings of Popular Surnames (Top 100 Surnames from 1881/1998)
    - Definitions of Historic Occupations
    - Genetic Genealogy (DNA Testing, Social Network Sites)
    - National Archive Profiles (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland)
    - Useful Website Addresses

    All in all, I thoroughly recommend this book - I've had it for almost 5 years, and still find it useful!
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