To Trace or Not to Trace: A Family History Overview for the Curious

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 68 pages
Author: C. Baxter
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781925323719
Other: b&w photos, further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

Have you ever asked yourself “Who am I?” or “Why am I here?” Some people seek answers in philosophy or religion or other forms of spirituality. But there’s a really simple scientific explanation that overrides all others. We are here because an awful lot of people had a Fantabulous Time. And as genealogists – as family history researchers – we are trying to identify them so we know who, exactly, we should blame … for everything.

So begins the first chapter of "To Trace or Not to Trace: A Family History Overview for the Curious". Full of humour and cartoons, this is a lighthearted guide for pre-beginners, those who are dipping their toes in the water, but as not yet ready to dive in.

It talks about information we might already hold for our families, including photographs and family stories about famous or infamous ancestors (says one genealogist dryly "My family tree is more like a noxious weed").

It discusses basic sources that family historians use including birth, marriage and death certificates, church records, newspapers, census returns, migration records and probate records.

It confronts the brick walls we might face (says the despairing genealogist, "I should have asked them before they died"). And it explains that, if we go back far enough, we are all related ... relatively speaking.

"To Trace or Not to Trace" ... a simple guide to the art of chasing our own tale.

In the beginning
Conversations with family members
Family reunions
Infamous ancestors
Crests, coats of arms and tartans
Common sense
Genealogy websites
Births and baptisms
Deaths and burials
Wills and probate
Migration records
Census records
Brick walls
Employing a professional
Writing a family history
The end that never comes
Carol Baxter's "how to" books 


1 Review
  • Definitely go ahead

    Posted by Lesley Abrahams on 5th Feb 2019

    I thought it would be on a different tack, but I had some good chuckles. Certainly gives one some ideas, and some good genealogical advice! The jokes are very informative!
    A good replacement for all the old Family History how-to books, which are dated. Very easy to read.
    Thanks Carole.

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