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BOOK - Pitfalls in Family History
By Graham Jaunay
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia , 2012

Softcover...14.50 (C$)

This booklet outlines some of the issues that throw up barriers to family history research.

What is a pitfall? Look it up in a dictionary and you will find that it is defined as ... a concealed pit as trap for man or animal, an unsuspected difficulty or danger or an error into which it is easy to fall.

Somewhere there may be a family historian who claims never to have encountered a pitfall in their research, but most of us, if we're honest, will admit to being bruised all over by the number of falls we've taken whilst our family trees have been growing.

By reading this booklet you will be more aware of many of the pitfalls waiting to entrap you!

Contents:
  • The need to be well organised
  • The sanctity of the published word
  • Assuming facts about the past from present
  • The problem with indexes
  • Relationships of similar names
  • The spelling of your name is dependent on chance
  • Problems with dates and the calendar change
  • Taking things at face value
  • The desire to maintain respectability
  • The propensity to falsify one's age
  • Same name, same place, same time
  • Interpretation of terms
  • Never consider a place in isolation
  • Understanding old forms of handwriting
  • The family tradition or myth
  • The yearning for notoriety
  • The coats of arms craze
  • Faulty, false and fraudulent pedigrees
  • Failing to understand the historical context
Paperback: 36 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Index
Illustrations (colour)
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2012
ISBN 9781921956102




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