The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History

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David Hey
OUP Oxford, Oct 9, 2008 - Reference - 704 pages
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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History is the most comprehensive and 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 genealogical research, or the social history of the British Isles. This fully revised and updated edition contains over 2,000 entries from adoption to World War records. Recommended web links for many entries are updated via the Family and Local History companion web site. This edition advises how to research your family tree using the internet and details the full range of online resources available. Newly structured for ease of use, thematic articles are followed by the A-Z dictionary and detailed appendices, which include further reading. New articles for this edition are: 'A Guide for Beginners', 'Links between British and American Families', 'Black and Asian Family History', and an extended feature on 'Names'. With handy research tips, a full background to the social history of communities and individuals, and a special updated appendix listing all national and local record offices with their contact details, this is an essential reference work for anyone looking for guidance on the availability of records and advice on how to approach genealogical research, as well as a fascinating read for anyone interested in the past.

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The last 30 years have seen a huge growth of interest in local and family history both as a subject for the general enthusiast and as an area of academic study. With over 2000 entries, this "Companion ... Read full review


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David Hey is Emeritus Professor of Local and Family History at the University of Sheffield. His many publications include The Oxford Guide to Family History (1993), Family Names and Family History (2000), How Our Ancestors Lived: a history of life 100 years ago (2003), and Journeys in Family History: Exploring Your Past and Finding Your Ancestors (2004).

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