There is a growing desire to find out about ourselves and where we came from, and in the past ten years, family history research has become one of the fastest-growing hobbies and pastimes, particularly on the internet. This practical book introduces the subject of genealogy in a highly practical form and then examines and explains the process of tracing and finding ancestors in a simple and easy-to-follow way. The book begins with the very basics of starting your own research, guiding you through each stage, from finding clues in photographs and understanding naming patterns, to creating drop-line charts and beginning to draw your own family tree. The next section takes you back to the early 1800s, and explains how to take your investigations further by using all kinds of sources, both in archive form and on the internet, especially census information. The book also goes on to explain how to find relatives through their professions, apprenticeships, education, and military records.
Whatever sparks an interest in your family history, whether it be an old photograph, the discovery of family documents, the reading of a will, a discussion with a much-loved older relative or any one of a hundred other things, you will be starting out on a fascinating journey. This useful guide to genealogy, filled with hints and tips, will help you discover your roots, identify your ancestors, and unlock the secrets of your family, its heritage and its place in the world.
Kathy Chater has taught genealogy and associated research subjects for nearly ten years, following her completion of a Diploma on Genealogy and the History of the Family from the University of London. Her areas of special expertise include research skills and the basis of her book is that these are central to the successful tracing of ancestors. She learnt her own research skills at the BBC, working on production teams, and has since shared these skills with journalists and product developement executives, as well as to would-be genealogists at numerous seminars around the country. Her writing includes a website on tracing Caribbean ancestry, articles for several magazines, and books on research for television and the media in general. Kathy is a member of the Huguenot Society as well as the Society of Genealogists and has traced her own family back to the 1600s.