Birth, Marriage and Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians

Birth, Marriage and Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians

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By (author) David Annal, By (author) Audrey Collins

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  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 14mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 19 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Barnsley
  • ISBN 10: 1848845723
  • ISBN 13: 9781848845725
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 184,521

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Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them. It explains the original motives for registering these milestones in individual lives, describes how these record-keeping systems evolved, and shows how they can be explored and interpreted. Authors David Annal and Audrey Collins guide researchers through the difficulties they may encounter in understanding the documentation. They recount the history of parish registers from their origin in Tudor times, they look at how civil registration was organized in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and explain how the system in England and Wales differs from those in Scotland and Ireland. The record-keeping practised by nonconformist and foreign churches, in communities overseas and in the military is also explained, as are the systems of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Other useful sources of evidence for births, marriages and deaths are explored and, of course, the authors assess the online sites that researchers can turn to for help in this crucial area of family history research.

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Every aspect of British Indian history is covered in this book, plus all the relevant sources currently available in the British Library India Office and the National Archives. It covers the records of the armed forces, the Civil Service and the railways as well religious and probate records. - Roots and Branch, West Surrey FHS An introductory guide for the uninitiated, Dave Annal and Audrey Collins' introduction to the holy trinity of family history resources takes BMDs by their horns, explaining and elucidating how documentary evidence of these three junctures in our ancestors' life can be used in our pursuits of genealogical knowledge. - Your Family History "Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them." Kent Family History Society Journal