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Collins Tracing Your Family History


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/ Key title The definitive handbook for anyone interested in tracing their family's past. / First edition of this book has sold over 20,000 copies. / This major new edition incorporates the latest changes, particularly how to search on-line for birth, marriage and death certificates and census returns. / Further series of BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' will keep the subject's profile very high. / Acknowledged to be the most authoritative yet accessible book on the subject.

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Anthony Adolph is a professional genealogist, writer and broadcaster. He was Research Director of the supporting company of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies and now has his own genealogy practice. He has written numerous articles for the genealogical press and has appeared frequently on television and radio.


Adolph, a professional genealogist who appears regularly on British television and radio, has produced an accessible introduction to researching British family history. In the first section, he discusses the fundamentals involved in this research-e.g., talking to living relatives, collecting family photographs-and lists various web sites, libraries, archives, and publications available to contemporary researchers. The second and third sections cover the (mostly British) records helpful in such a quest. The fourth and final section highlights a range of topics related to researching one's family lineage, from genetics to psychic investigations. On nearly every page, Adolph provides samples of documents related to the task as well as "Where To Search" and "Quick Reference" informational snippets. This sea of graphics may be too busy and fragmented for some readers but will definitely appeal to younger researchers more attuned to the visual style. A listing of useful addresses and an index complete the book. Bottom Line Where Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails better serves the experienced researcher, Adolph's book suits the novice genealogist or casual reader. Recommended for genealogical and public library collections.-Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'Definitive advice for anyone interested in tracing their family's past.' Family Tree Magazine '...the information is superb.' Ancestors 'The overriding feeling about this book is that it is bending over backwards to try and assist researchers, providing answers by almost pre-empting the questions.' 'Enthusiasm and quirky knowledge (that) makes this book stand out.' Family History Monthly

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