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Here is a selection of some of the best genealogy books that should help you in genealogy, ancestor research and tracing your family tree.

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A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford Paperback Reference S.) (Paperback)
A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford Paperback Reference S.) (Paperback)

Did you know that Batts, may have had stout ancestors? That Dennes could be descended from swineherds? That Herons might come from thin men with long legs? How much do you know about the origin of your own surname?
This fascinating dictionary covers the origin and meaning of over 16,000 surnames, giving detailed information on early name-forms and how names have changed over the centuries. Alternative forms of names are cross-referenced to make it easy to find variants. Popular names such as Brown, Clark and Smith are all covered, alongside rarer names from Clapper to Cutterbuck, Stocking to Twitchen.

An authoritative introduction sets in context the popular topic of name-studies, and guides the reader through the history of English surnames. The dictionary also includes an appendix in which the distinguished family historian, Professor David Hey (author of the Oxford Companion to Local and Family History) gives advice on how to locate the home of a family name. He explains, with examples, how to discover the current distribution of a name in the UK, and how to trace its origins.

Quirky and interesting, informative and accessible, this is an excellent guide for anyone with an interest in English family names.

Price: £7.25

Publication: 8 Sep 2005

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Ancestral Trails: Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History (Hardcover)
Ancestral Trails: Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History (Hardcover)

This second edition takes account the many changes in the field since "Ancestral Trails" was first published in 1997. A comprehensive and up to date guide to tracing British ancestry, the book guides the researcher through the substantial British archives with a detailed view of the records and published sources available. Research in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands is also covered, as are the latest developments in information technology applications on CD and through the internet.


Price: £19.80

Publication: Jan 2004

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Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History (Paperback)
Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History (Paperback)

'a defining work ... I confidently predict that, in future years, the phrase "according to Herber" will be used to confer authority on deliberations about family history research' Family Tree Magazine This new edition takes account the many changes in the field since Ancestral Trails was first published in 1997, and is the most comprehensive and up to date guide to tracing British ancestry. It guides the researcher through the substantial British archives with a detailed view of the records and published sources available. Research in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands is also covered, as are the latest developments in information technology applications on CD and through the internet.

Price: £13.20

Publication: 16 Jun 2005

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The Genealogist's Internet (Paperback)
The Genealogist's Internet (Paperback)

Price: £8.57

Publication: 31 Aug 2005

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Track Down Your Ancestors: Draw Up Your Family Tree (Paperback)
Track Down Your Ancestors: Draw Up Your Family Tree (Paperback)

Do you want to trace your family history and find out more about your ancestors? Estelle Catlett will show you exactly how to embark upon this fascinating journey. She explains how to gain information from the Registries of births, marriages and deaths; census returns; parish registers; National Archives; wills and probate records and more.

Price: £4.99

Publication: May 2003

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Who Do You Think You Are? (Paperback)
Who Do You Think You Are? (Paperback)

Published against a big multimedia TV event, this book is a jargon-free idiot's guide to tracing your family history. Light in tone, sometimes funny, often moving, and aimed at absolutely everyone, the book combines both stats and pub facts, with very real emotions as people discover the heroes and villains in their family's past. Rather than a dry 'how to' guide though, this book is inclusive, non-patronising and lively, and emphasises the human and emotional side to this popular pastime. Every family has their own history and secrets: the black sheep, the Great-Uncle who fought in the First World War, an ancestor who came to Britain from abroad, the lost family fortune or the shamed family member whose name is only ever whispered. We are all fascinated by the lives of our ancestors. The ground-breaking "BBC2" series "Who Do You Think You Are?" took ten TV personalities - from Vic Reeves to Jeremy Clarkson - on an emotional journey to trace their family history. Now the "Who Do You Think You Are?" jargon-free guide can help you go on your own journey into the past - showing you how to find out your own family history. And you never know what you might find. A whiff of scandal becomes a quest that can lead to the most astonishing revelations. Be warned: this is a compulsive hobby, and you may find yourself thinking of nothing else. No prior knowledge is needed. "Who Do You Think You Are?" equips you with the basic tools to start and maintain your quest as well as including all the celebrity stories. There is information on everything from where to find census information and how to order a birth certificate, to tracking down immigration documents and finding out if your navy officer great-great-uncle ever committed a disciplinary offence. And there's even a short section on good books and websites to go to if you want to get stuck in. With the amazing technology and excellent resources available to us today, it has never been easier to find out more about our ancestors.

Price: £5.19

Publication: 11 Oct 2004

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Discovering the Heroes and Villains in Your Family (Hardcover)
Who Do You Think You Are?: Discovering the Heroes and Villains in Your Family (Hardcover)

This is an accessible and modern guide to the hugely popular art of tracing your family history. Published to tie in with the BBC2 series, the book is packed with practical guidance on locating records and researching different eras and topics. It also includes celebrity histories and a directory of the best current Internet resources. "Who Do You Think You Are?" is a fresh, contemporary take on family history and tracing your family tree. Suitable for the hobbyist and the more experienced researcher, it incorporates both basic information on tracing your ancestors plus theme-based sections allowing more detailed and focused research to follow up on family stories and characters. The first section of the book is a concise and comprehensive summary of basic research tools - how to locate and use a range of records and information to track down your family and to provide the framework for more detailed research. The main part of the book looks at key themes such as social history, occupations, military connections, immigration and emigration, and looking for skeletons in the cupboard (bigamy, illegitimacy, lunacy and crime - far more interesting than tracing your family back to William the Conqueror). With information, tips and stories about the historical background and law changes of the past, this is a fresh way of approaching family history and developing research into the stories and characters unearthed. Finally, a comprehensive resources section provides the most up-to-date sources for common themes and localities - with assessments of the best Internet sources for all types of research. Also featuring celebrity family history stories and lots of extraordinary tales from ordinary people, this book is a fascinating practical guide to this absorbing and intriguing hobby.

Price: £9.89

Publication: 3 Jan 2006

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Writing Your Family History: A Practical Guide (Paperback)
Writing Your Family History: A Practical Guide (Paperback)

Ever wished to see your family history in print, or imaged future generations poring over old photographs and anecdotes in a book? Writing Your Family History helps family historians realize the full potential of the names, dates and facts that they have researched to compile a detailed family history that will be preserved for future generations.


Price: £6.59

Publication: 30 Jul 2004

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