The Oxford Guide to Family History

The Oxford Guide to Family History

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Leading family historian David Hey offers practical guidance on how to trace family origins on the basics of research -- how to get started, where to find records, and how to decipher early styles of handwriting. He also uses social history to suggest where to begin this search: such as in the networks of kinship and inheritance, and the stability or mobility of certain families. Containing more than a hundred black and white illustrations showing family groups, houses, monuments, archive records, and family trees, this book is essential reading for those interested in tracing their lineage. 'remarkable value for its combination of social history, gracefully told, and lucid instruction' Antonia Fraser 'marvellous book' Daily Mail 'a thoughtful and thought-provoking book, finely researched and well written.' Family Tree Magazine 'This book is an invaluable how-to-do-it guide'show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 180 x 240mm | 685g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12 colour plates, b&w illustrations, bibliography
  • 0192853058
  • 9780192853059

Review Text

This book recognizes that family history is a broad matter that extends to the consideration of the origin, spread and sometimes disappearance of families and family names. So, over half this book is devoted to the wider concerns of the subject and the contributions of professional historians, and is therefore of interest to readers both within and outside the UK. At the same time it is also an authoritative guide to how to get started in delving into your family's history using records in the UK - investigating parish registers, private records, enclosure, title and land-tax assessments and much else besides. Well presented and illustrated with over 100 historic photographs. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Part One - The Study of Family History. Part Two - Family Names. Part Three - Mobility and Stability. Part Four - Family and Society. Part Five - A Guide to the Records. Select Bibliography. Index of Surnames. Indexshow more

About David Hey

About the Author: David Hey is Professor of Local and Family History at the University of Sheffield.show more

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