Who Do You Think You Are? - Encyclopedia of Genealogy: The Definitive Reference Guide to Tracing Your Family History

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Harper, 2008 - Reference - 531 pages
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Covering all access levels, from the new beginner to the more experienced researcher, the Encyclopedia introduces the reader to a comprehensive master class in solving the mysteries of your personal heritage, starting with advice about the very first steps, how to build up a research plan by combining written word with new media applications, before providing a detailed explanation of the various sources you will encounter when trying to flesh out your ancestor's lives.The Encyclopedia is sectional, reflecting the different needs of a range of potential users. Yet each section will remain a stand-alone reference article, so that the reader can pick and mix according to need, including:,*Getting StartedAn expanded 'getting started' section, with a comprehensive guide to the most important records that most researchers will use when they begin to build their family tree.,*Going FurtherHaving built your family tree, the next stage of work is to put flesh on the bones, in the way Who Do You Think You Are provides a journey into the social history of each family. The Encyclopedia will deliver a combination of historical context with practical advice about the sources you will need to investigate to complete the research in each topic.,*Surname databaseAn increasingly popular element of family history is the search for common ancestors from a distinct surname group. Advice about linking to clan histories, surname history societies and how to find missing ancestors is provided, along with a comprehensive guide to the meanings behind the most popular surnames in the UK.Accompanying the book is a dedicated microsite that provides support, online advice and unique services for users of the book, including streamed and exclusive footage from the award winning BBC series and an opportunity to upload your information into the National Memorybank.

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About the author (2008)

Dr Nick Barratt trained as a medieval historian and now acts as a historical consultant and researcher in the media. He has been the primary genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? from the first series and was consultant on the Bafta nominated Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. He is also a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and behind the launch of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition.

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