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BOOK - Tracing Your Ancestors Through Local History Records, A Guide For Family Historians
By Dr Jonathan Oates
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2016)

Softcover... 32.95 (C$)

Family history should reveal more than facts and dates, lists of names and places – it should bring ancestors alive in the context of their times and the surroundings they knew – and research into local history records is one of the most rewarding ways of gaining this kind of insight into their world. That is why Jonathan Oates’s detailed introduction to these records is such a useful tool for anyone who is trying to piece together a portrait of family members from the past.

In a series of concise and informative chapters he looks at the origins and importance of local history from the sixteenth century onwards and at the principal archives – national and local, those kept by government, councils, boroughs, museums, parishes, schools and clubs. He also explains how books, photographs and other illustrations, newspapers, maps, directories, and a range of other resources can be accessed and interpreted and how they can help to fill a gap in your knowledge.

As well as describing how these records were compiled, he highlights their limitations and the possible pitfalls of using them, and he suggests how they can be combined to build up a picture of an individual, a family and the place and time in which they lived.

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  • The reader is given important guidance on how to get the maximum value from these resources. I do not believe anything is gained by simply compiling lists of names; local history is a fascinating topic in itself. I recommend this book. Rotherham Family History Journal

  • This new trusty Pen & Sword guide for family historians urges the more experienced researchers among us to delve deep into local history. This is a great guide for more advanced family historians looking to move on to the next stage in the study of their family going back centuries. Family Tree Magazine

  • If you wish to gain an insight into the real lives of your ancestors then this is the book for you. Essex Family Historian No.160

  • A good general overview to the subject and the author is not afraid to point out problems in the coverage and warn of possibly misleading information. Kent Family History Society
About the author:
    Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past.
148 Pages
6 X 8.25"
Table of Contents
Bibliography
Index
ISBN: 9781473838024
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2016)




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