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Teach Yourself Tracing Your Family History by S Colwell (McGraw Hill, 1997). A comprehensive guide aimed at beginners.

The Family Tree Detective: Tracing your Ancestors in England and Wales by Colin D Rogers (Manchester UP, 1997). An excellent guide.

Ancestral Trails by M Herbert (Sutton, 2000). A beginner's guide to the sources that a genealogist will need to use to compile a family history.

Tracing Your Ancestors at the PRO by A Bevan (Public Records Office, 1999). An excellent summary of some of the most popular family history sources at the National Archives.


GENUKI, UK and Ireland and Genealogy: This is an excellent resource, which combines practical advice with links to specialist sites throughout the UK.

The Church of the Latter Day Saints: A religious organisation that compiles the International Genealogical Index, including details from English parish registers (the website permits a search for relatives on the index). The organisation also publishes the entire 1881 census on CD.

Practical Family History: A national magazine, with useful articles on tracing ancestors plus links to many other sites concerning research and genealogy.

Cyndi's List: Another site that provides links to a vast network of genealogical and personal name index sites around the world.

The Federation of Family History Societies: Provides access to over 200 family history societies.

Places to visit

The Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. An organisation for genealogists of all levels of experience, you can obtain advice and access to a wide range of genealogical sources and union name indexes.

The Family Records Centre, 1 Myddelton Street, London EC1R 1UW. A major genealogy resource and an important institution in its own right. You can pick up research leaflets, or view their introductory exhibition on family history sources.

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Published: 14-09-2004

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