The Oxford Guide to Family History

The Oxford Guide to Family History

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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the origins of surnames, patterns of emigration, and the family's place in society, and tells how to work with official records, including census returns, trade directories, parish registers, and estate, military, and tax records

Book News
Goes beyond the garden variety guide to constructing a family tree by explaining ways to discover the reality of life for ancestors. Hey (local and family history, Sheffeld U., England) speaks both to social historians and to people who want to find out about their own family but have no idea where to start, considering such aspects as the distribution of surnames, stability, and mobility. Includes many examples and illustrations. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The Oxford Guide to Family History is not just another guide to the mechanics of constructing a family tree. David Hey shows how to go beyond this and discover the reality of the lives of your ancestors. Who were they? Where did they live? How did they earn their living?
Family history is a subject with broad concerns, including the origin, spread, and sometimes the decline and disappearance of families. The work of social historians is therefore of great interest, whether dealing with the size of families, the ages at which people married, or the nobility of the population. David Hey highlights those aspects of social history that are most relevant to family history research and suggests lines of enquiry that may be followed with profit and enjoyment by family historians - the past and present distribution of surnames, the stability of certain families, and the mobility of others.
Practical guidance is given on the basics of research - how to get started, where to find records - and there are many illustrations, both in colour and black and white, showing family groups, houses, monuments, archive records, and family trees. In making the fruits of the latest scholarship available to the family historian, David Hey provides an authoritative introduction to the subject as well as a stimulating guide for those wishing to proceed to a more advanced stage of research.

Oxford University Press
Who were your ancestors? Where did they live? How did they earn their living? At what age did they marry, and how large were their families? Throughout the ages and across the world people have had a natural curiosity about their ancestors, but only recently have amateur historians begun to trace their forebears with such fervor and delight. Written by a leading authority in the field, The Oxford Guide to Family History is a practical introduction to finding out about your family.
Much more than a guide to the mechanics of constructing a family tree, this helpful book suggests ways of broadening your own family research to look at what life was like for people of centuries past. Drawing on the oral tradition, financial records, gravestones, or census records, one may, for instance, learn how a family earned their living, what a person was like, or what religion they were. While many of the examples are based on British family histories, David Hey offers much practical advice on the basics of family research. He suggests, for example, that a family historian not start with some famous person who had the same surname back in the fifteenth century. The golden rule is to work backwards from the known to the unknown. Among basic sources for the beginner are municipal records, census records, and church registers. And Hey also points out that many surnames are intensely local in their distribution, and that as a result, tracing the geographical pattern of a surname is an important task, as it may lead towards the original home of the name.
Offering practical advice such as how to get started, where to find records, and how to decipher early styles of handwriting, The Oxford Guide to Family History is essential to learning the most about your family history. Lavishly illustrated with pictures of family groups, houses, monuments, and archive records, here is an authoritative guide to this fascinating hobby.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780198691778
Branch Call Number: 929.1 HEY
Characteristics: x, 246 pages : illustrations, (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Family history


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