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Elizabethofseasons Report 19 Apr 2014 17:19

Gentle nudge please

Thank you

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 21 Feb 2014 08:50

I can add a couple more...

Tracing your Scottish Ancestors - Scottish Records Office, Cecil Sinclair. Explains what to look for, what you can find in each section, and how to find it.

Understanding Documents for Genealogy & Local History - Bruce Durie.
This book has a section on Latin grammar whch is helpful if you have got back so far that you need some knowledge! Also a Glossary of Latin place names, a Glossary of Gaelic words, and a Glossary of Latin & Scots legal terms. I felt that overal the book leans towards Scottish Genealogy although the title doesn't indicate so and that's not to say England & Wales aren't included. Chapters include Inscriptions & Gravestones, Heraldry, OPR's, Entails, Wills & Testaments, Sasines, Retours, Kirk Sessions, Manorial Docs, Deeds & Land.

The Lithuanians in Scotland - John Millar/Jonas Stepsis.
For anyone with Lithuanians who immigrated to Scotland this little book is a must!


Elizabethofseasons Report 30 Nov 2013 00:33

Dear Joyous and All


Hope you are okay.

These two books are excellent if you want to discover more about the occupations your ancestors did.



By Colin Waters

ISBN 1 85306 601 X

The author explains the functions of nearly 4,000 job titles.



By Paul Felix

ISBN-13 978 0 7153 3831 5

Published by David and Charles

This books explores the work of the traditional craftsman.

There are sections on decorative, woodland, building, textile
and recreation crafts.

For as long as there is an interest in traditions, then the expertise
and skills of our ancestors will be appreciated.

An absolute gem of a book to read.


Hope this helps

Very best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Nov 2013 20:38

For David.


Renes Report 13 Jun 2013 23:44

Nudging. .......


Renes Report 13 Jun 2013 23:44

Nudging. .......

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 29 Apr 2013 15:15

Thank you, Elizabeth; maps are books to me :)


Elizabethofseasons Report 2 Feb 2013 19:40

Dear Joy


Hope you are okay.

This is not technically a book recommendation but for OS maps:

Many date back to 1867 and onwards and map out most of the country.

The company add new maps for different areas and years all the time.


The maps can be purchased from

Alan Godfrey Maps

Prospect Business Park,
Co Durham,
DH8 7PW,

Phone: 01207 583388


I think the maps cost £2-50 each and there is a postage of about £1-50.


Research comes to life when you can see where your ancestors lived and worked and what industries/transport systems were developing.


Hope this helps

Take gentle care all
Best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 29 Jan 2013 18:19

And for anyone who is interested in the Workhouse, the history of, the life, the people etc, this book is great
WORKHOUSE by SImon Fowler
I managed to get it 2nd hand from Amazon :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 29 Jan 2013 18:16

This little book is very useful -

(the National Archives) SMART FAMILY HISTORY by Geoff Swinfield

I bought it last year - £6.99 in paperback.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Jan 2013 22:18



ZZzzz Report 8 Sep 2012 22:06

Not sure if this is exactly what you mean but when I go to A different area than the one I live in, I always buy the local parish/church magazine, as there is often useful numbers in them, Library opening hours etc.

Good thread Joy, thank you.

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 8 Apr 2012 00:34


Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 18 Mar 2012 20:00

For those of you with European ancestors uprooted during WW2....there's this one........
"DP's. Europe's Displaced Persons 1945-1951" by Mark Wyman.
It covers:-
Overview of Europe on the move during the 1940's.
DP & Refugee Camps
Displaced Children
Cultures in Exile

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 18 Mar 2012 19:52 name one from that series Chris has mentioned -
"My Ancestors were Londoners (how can I find out more about them)" by Cliff Webb.
It lists onfo on, and where to find:-
London Family History Societies
Registrar-General's records
Parish and non-parochial registers and records
Directories, Lists of tax-payers, voters and others
Poor law records
Wills and Administration
Manorial and Land ownership
London record repositories
etc etc

Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 7 Mar 2012 13:56

From my bookshelves, the ones I couldn't do without...

Ancestral Trails. Mark Herber.
Tracing your Ancestors in the National Archives. Amanda Bevan.
The Parish Chest. W.E Tate
The Phillimores Atlas and Index of Parish Registers.
Wills and Probate Records. Karen Gramum and Nigel Taylor.
Probate Jurisdictions: Where to look for wills. Jeremy Gibson and Else Churchill
Words From Wills. Stuart A. Raymond
The Family Historians Pocket Dictionary. Stuart A. Raymond.
Family History Companion. Mark Pearsell.

A latin dictionary!

I am also keen on the "My Ancestor Was..." series for subjects relevant to my research.


Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 7 Mar 2012 12:41

BIG nudge, since this thread is interesting and informative ;-)


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 5 Mar 2012 14:33


Books from Amazon, Waterstones etc:

Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Remembered

Southwark: A History of Bankside, Bermondsey and the Borough

Karen, you may have done and the thread may have gone AWOL; mine have a tendency to do that ... :)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 29 Nov 2011 15:24

I thought I had posted this already, but must have been elsewhere!! So here goes

'Bloody Foreigners' by Robert Winder...'s a book I read through a few years ago, and now use as reference to dip in and out of.
It tells the history of immigration into Britain since the year dot and goes, more or less, up to modern day.
You sometimes hear people say (on the subject of family history) "Oh but I'm English/Scottish/etc through and through".......reading this book will show you that none of us are pure anything, we are all a right mixture!! And immigration is nothing new either!

'Surviving the Sword' by Brian MacArthur...
...this would be of particular interest to anyone wanting to know about WW2 PoW's, or for anyone who has/had an ex PoW in the family who was unable to speak of their ordeal.
The book tells their harrowing stories for them, much of it in the PoW's own words. It's heartbreaking.

On the same subject, but more specifically, is 'Prisoners in Java'.....Accounts by Allied Prisoners of War in the Far East (1942-1945) captured in Java.
I'm afraid this last one was a tad expensive for a soft-back at £18.99, but by buying it direct from the FEPoW site, I felt that I was contributing to that rather than buying it a couple of quid cheaper on a well known mail order book site.
It's probably available in libraries, but I wanted my own copy since it features a family member.



rottie Report 29 Nov 2011 13:11

talking of books can anyone recomend any books for bermondsey history and where i can get them from. i.e social history mostly from 1960 back.many thanks :-D