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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.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Jan 2013 22:18


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.

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 :-)


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

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 29 Apr 2013 15:15

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


Renes Report 13 Jun 2013 23:44

Nudging. .......


Renes Report 13 Jun 2013 23:44

Nudging. .......

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Nov 2013 20:38

For David.


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

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 19 Apr 2014 17:19

Gentle nudge please

Thank you