Family names are an essential part of everyone's personal history. The story of their evolution is integral to family history and fascinationg in its own right. Formed from first names, place names, nicknames and occupations, names allow us to trace the movements of our ancestors from the middle ages to to the present day. Da... read more
Dabbling in family history is a pastime anyone of any age can enjoy, but the massive proliferation of websites, magazines and books in recent years can baffle the would-be genealogist to a standstill. This is an ideal introduction to the tools and processes of researching your past. It will teach you how to get the most infor... read more
This practical guide identifies the major websites and online sources of data available to family historians. It is ideal for both beginners and more experienced researchers as it explores the most useful sources and helps readers to navigate each one. The Genealogist's Internet features fully updated URLs and all of the rece... read more
With the ever-growing enthusiasm for genealogy and social history, Remembering, on the practice and use of oral history, and incorporating a variety of examples of presenting oral histories in print, will have eager readers. As well as the chapters on a wide range of particular cases, it explores some of the general issues th... read more
You do not need to be a descendant of distinguished forebears to create a venerable family tree. Anyone equipped with enthusiasm and patience can track their ancestry and make connections with long-lost living relatives. No matter what your cultural background, or how little you know about your family, The Genealogy Handbook ... read more
Finding out about your ancestors and family history is now easier than ever. You can search on the internet, or employ a professional genealogist in to do all the digging for you But doing it yourself is often the most rewarding and fascinating method, but it can still be a confusing and complicated business. Where is the bes... read more
There is a wealth of data on the Web for those researching a family tree. However, the sheer volume of information and diversity of websites can make starting your search confusing and time-consuming. Help is at hand with this clear and authoritative guide from the National Archives.
Find out what your surname means and trace your ancestors who share it too. Perhaps your surname is that of a Norman who came to Britain after the Battle of Hastings; or a Celtic clan name. Maybe it is an old English trade. It may be distinctive of a particular location. And just possibly you might be related to everyone who ... read more
The Encyclopedia of Surnames is not just another dictionary! With entertaining coverage of more than 7,000 surnames listed alphabetically, it provides a complete and accessible companion to tracing the history of names. Written by John Ayto, a respected lexicographer and author of titles such as "Word Origins", The Encyc... read more
This invaluable reference work will answer all of your questions regarding finding out information on your lineage.
The market for family history has never been stronger.
The phenomenally successful television series "Who Do You Think You Are?" made many people consider the subject for the first time. Nick Barratt, the man behind the interactive strand of the series, now brings his expertise to this practical, lively and well-resear... read more
The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History This book is the essential bible for anyone with an interest in discovering more about their family history. It may be that you simply want to track down the heroes and villains in your past; or perhaps you want to trace your whole lineage back to William the Conqueror; y... read more
Have you ever wondered what surprises there are in your family tree? It's never been easier to become a detective and find out - thanks to technology. The internet is one of the most essential tools in the family historian's kit, but without the right know-how, it can be a bewildering experience. How to Trace Your Family Hist... read more
The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History is the most authoritative guide available to all things associated with the family and local history of the British Isles. It provides practical and contextual information for anyone enquiring into their English, Irish, Scottish, or Welsh origins and for anyone working in genea... read more
This book combines linguistic and historical approaches with the latest techniques of DNA analysis and show the insights these offer for every kind of genealogical research. It focuses on British names, tracing their origins to different parts of the British Isles and Europe and revealing how names often remain concentrated i... read more