Tracing Your British & Irish Ancestors

A Guide for Family Historians

Jonathan Scott

* A practical guide for researchers who are beginning to explore British and Irish family history

* Introduces all the major sources and explains how to use them

* Provides tips for getting rapid results, lists of dos and don'ts, and solutions to common problems

*Includes a directory of the essential sources for England, Scotland, Wales, Norther
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
30 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473853256
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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Finding a way into the sources for British and Irish family history can be a daunting task if you live overseas and have little knowledge of the archives you can go to and the way in which they can be used. That is why this introductory book will be so valuable for anyone who is trying to trace their British and Irish ancestors and gain an understanding of their lives and the world they knew.

In a clear and easily accessible fashion Jonathan Scott takes the reader through the key stages of research. He describes the principal sources and gives advice on how best to explore them. His handbook provides the basic building blocks for anyone who is entering this fascinating and rewarding field.

He guides the newcomer through the first steps of research, then focuses on the national, regional and local archives and other sources in Britain and Ireland. He outlines their history, giving advice on how to get precise and revealing information from them. Parish records and the records left by nonconformists, Jews and Catholics are covered as well as wills and probate, migration, working lives, poverty, crime, debt, divorce and adoption.

About The Author

Jonathan Scott is a freelance writer specializing in family history. He is a former deputy editor of Family History Monthly and has penned the ‘Best Websites’ column for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine since 2007. He also writes the magazine’s monthly ‘Around Britain’ feature and compiles the end-of-year look-ahead at developments online. In addition to his work in family history, he has compiled Collecting Children’s Books, Rare Book Price Guide and The Family History Web Directory.


"This is an idea practical guide for beginners, particularly those living overseas, with an introduction to all the major research resources and how to use them"

- B&A FHS Journal, No. 166

"There's no shortage of beginners' guides to family history out there, although it's been a while since we've seen a new one. And here is one, by an established writer in the genealogy field. The premise that differentiates this one is that it is aimed at people around the world wanting to trace their British and Irish roots"

- Your Family History, December 2016

"In general, Tracing Your British and Irish Ancestors covers the basic information required by a complete beginner to research their family history. It is rich with useful website addresses"

- Who Do You Think You Are?, October 2016

“Even though this book is designed for the newcomer to British and Irish research, there are some gems in here for everyone… This is a good, up-to-date book for someone new to British and Irish research. It is an ideal introductory text for library collections.”


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