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Mommylonglegs Report 11 Jul 2011 23:47

First time I have seen this thread, so not read every post yet.

Only last week, I thought about posting about a very good book I got from the library last month. But never got around to it.

Pauper Ancestors by David T Hawkings.

A guide to the records created by the poor laws in England and Wales.

A very interesting read.



SheilaWestWilts Report 31 May 2011 15:37

'The Worst Street in London' by Fiona Rule is a good read if you've got East End ancestors. It's based on Dorset Street in Spitalfields, but gives a feel for the history of the whole of the East End.


Andysmum Report 30 May 2011 21:47

Two that I have found very useful are:-

"Tracing your Family History" by Anthony Adolph, published by Collins


The Readers' Digest "How to Trace Your Family History on the Internet"

Both are quite expensive but would make good birthday presents.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 30 May 2011 19:02

Brought forward.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 5 May 2011 16:47

nudged tip

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 22 Oct 2010 13:03

Taken from a thread I posted last year

from library ,

( introduced by Peter Ackroyd) in association with the Museum in Docklands & Museum of London.

I'm part way through and leaving aside any interest in Jack the Ripper, there are some great photos of Whitechapel and its residents, ditto prints. and it gives a very good idea of the poverty , racial and religious input etc.
Well worth looking at if you have rellies from that area as I do :))

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 21 Oct 2010 22:42


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 7 Feb 2010 08:54


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 23 Jan 2010 22:57


Helen in Bucks

Helen in Bucks Report 29 Nov 2009 14:20

My favourite book is the Who Do You Think You Are Encyclopedia of Genealoy by Nick Barratt, published by Harper Collins. It is easy to read and you can dip in and out of it, I've found answers to most queries in this book.

The other great source of info is the Wiki on Family Tree Forum on line, you need to sign up (free) but it has all sorts of info.


AuntySherlock Report 29 Nov 2009 07:03

I have How To Do Everything with your Genealogy, by George G.Morgan 2004. It tackles selecting appropriate family tree format, creating source citations, locating vital records, tracing census, immigration etc, conducting effective searches in libraries and archives, taking advantage of all resources on internet, planning a research trip, select hardware and software including a database program and sharing your findings with others.

It was quite expensive but I had a gift voucher for a book.


Patricia Report 29 Nov 2009 06:29

Along the same theme does anyone recommend any magazines that can be bought?
I often pick them up but do not want to waste my money if they are just full of adverts.


mgnv Report 29 Nov 2009 04:05

There's a reading list in the course handbook here:

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Nov 2009 22:37

For new readers


Kathryn Report 9 Aug 2009 18:45

'The Female Line - Researching your Female Ancestors' by Margaret Ward, Countryside Books 2003, ISBN: 978-1853068188

Very easy short read and absolutely brilliant for anyone interested in the women of their family.


Elizabethofseasons Report 9 Aug 2009 17:00

Nudge for this very helpful thread.

Thank you.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 1 Aug 2009 08:50

Thank you.

Janet 693215

Janet 693215 Report 12 Jul 2009 22:37

Any old A-Z style map for the area of your research. I picked up a 2nd edition London A-Z on a 2nd hand stall at a music festival 5 years ago. It dates from 1938 and cost £3. It shows all the Victorian streets my lot lived in and has been more use than my Victorian A-Z that cost £20 from the FRC

I'd also recommend Shortcuts in Family History by Michael Gandy for any newbies.It explains the shortcuts that could lead you up the garden path and helps get over the "assumptions" we all make when we start out. (ie all kids born in wedlock"

If you look on you are bound to find such treasures as these.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 12 Jul 2009 21:49

Thank you.


Elizabethofseasons Report 9 Jul 2009 15:08

Dear All

Hello Joy, these are the books that I have found most helpful:



ISBN 978 1 845 43 291 1

Published by Apple Press, Anness Publishing 2008

1. This book covers the first steps, how to keep and organise records, etc.

2. There is information on BMD certificates and what information you will find on the censuses.

3, Also included is social history of working lives of people, education, etc.

4. There are sections about looking for migrant ancestors.

5. All chapters give details of organisations, websites etc that can be contacted for further help and advice.


Another book that can help later on is:


ISBN 978 0 276 44 259 9.

1. This book give comprehensive advice and website links to using maps, parish records, newspapers etc to help you with your search.

2. There is a directory of sources and contacts, especially concerning individual record offices.


These books can be purchased at very reasonable prices on or borrowed from a library.

Very best wishes.