A Dictionary of Family History

The Genealogists' ABC

Jonathan Scott

* Accessible, authoritative A to Z guide to family history

* Thousands of entries on topics as diverse as the census, crop returns and the curia regis

* Packed with facts, definitions, explanations and advice

* Essential reading and reference for experienced family historians and newcomers to the field
Date Published :
April 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
A Guide For Family Historians
Illustration :
30 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473892521
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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Part encyclopedia, part dictionary, part almanac – Jonathan Scott’s Dictionary of Family History doesn’t claim to be exhaustive, but it is practical, easy to use, entertaining and genuinely informative. It is the kind of book you can dip into or use as a starting point for deeper study, and it is the essential companion for experienced family historians and for anyone who is approaching this fascinating subject for the first time.

Thousands of A to Z entries are full of intriguing facts. There are definitions, timelines and terminologies, details of archives and websites as well as advice on research methods and explanations of genealogical peculiarities and puzzles that would test the knowledge of even veteran researchers. Longer entries explaining the mechanics of the first census and other major sources and records rub shoulders with simple one-line definitions of obscure terms, useful addresses and signposts to little-known but rewarding corners of family, local and social history.

This concise, clear and wide-ranging compendium of helpful, sometimes surprising information is a valuable reference tool for everyone in the field.

About The Author
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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.

REVIEWS
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"There are many terms and terminologies to be encountered whilst researching your ancestors - this book lists them all and explains their usage and meaning - again, an essential addition to your genealogy library."

- Books Monthly

"This is certainly a book worth investing in."

- Who Do You Think You Are?

“Who would have thought it would be so delightful to read a dictionary? But this one is fun to read and is a great learning experience… the author has done the work explaining terms, defining topic making them all relevant to the family historian. He has separated the wheat from the chaff for you saving you time and effort. In the process he provides guidance on where to go for the best websites and believe me he has found some great obscure sites as well as the familiar.”

- Paul Milner Genealogy

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