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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.


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.

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.


Joy Report 23 Jan 2010 22:57



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Rambling 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 Report 5 May 2011 16:47

nudged tip


Joy Report 30 May 2011 19:02

Brought forward.


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.


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.


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.



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

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.



Joy 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 7 Mar 2012 12:41

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


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 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

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 8 Apr 2012 00:34