Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 160 pages
Author: J. Oates
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781848846098
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

The trail that an ancestor leaves through the Victorian period and the twentieth century is relatively easy to follow - the records are plentiful, accessible and commonly used. But how do you go back further, into the centuries before the central registration of births, marriages and deaths was introduced in 1837, before the first detailed census records of 1841? How can you trace a family line back through the early modern period and perhaps into the Middle Ages? Jonathan Oates’s clearly written new handbook gives you all the background knowledge you need in order to go into this engrossing area of family history research.

He starts by describing the administrative, religious and social structures in the medieval and early modern period and shows how these relate to the family historian. Then in a sequence of accessible chapters he describes the variety of sources the researcher can turn to. Church and parish records, the records of the professions and the courts, manorial and property records, tax records, early censuses, lists of loyalty, militia lists, charity records – all these can be consulted. He even includes a short guide to the best methods of reading medieval and early modern script.

Jonathan Oates's handbook is an essential introduction for anyone who is keen to take their family history research into the more distant past.

1. The State and Church, 1066-1837
2. The Church Part 1: Archiepiscopal and Episcopal Records
3. The Church Part 2: The Parish
4. The Professionals
5. The Courts Part 1: Criminal
6. The Courts Part 2: Civil
7. Published Sources and Lists
8. Manorial Records
9. Property Records
10. Taxation
11. Lists of People
12. Miscellaneous Sources
13. Places to Visit
Appendix 1. Reading Old Handwriting
Appendix 2. Calendars

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