Item description for The National Archives: A Practical Guide for Family Historians by Stella Colwell...
A first-timer's guide to The National Archives and many of the key sources for family history research. Sources include military service records, death duty records and wills before 1858. Take a guided tour with expert genealogist Stella Colwell eho shows you how to access the key records and how to interpret them. She covers all the new online services including: the online catalogue containing over 10 million document references; the online document ordering system; Documents online whill allows users to download digital images of public records.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.53" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher The National Archives
ISBN 1903365856 ISBN13 9781903365854
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Great introductory practical guide to The National Archives Dec 18, 2006
This book is an updated replacement to Jane Cox's 1997 book "New to Kew?" The book is divided into three sections the first of which is an introduction to the National Archives. This addresses the question of whether you should be at the Kew or at the Family Records Centre (which will be irrelevant in 2008 with the pending closure of the FRC), looks at what you need to know, how to prepare both for your research and what you will need to do when you arrive. There are some nice step-by-step reminders and practical advice here for anyone who has never been, or not been lately. The second part examines what records are not held at the National Archives such as civil registration records, parish registers, wills proven nationally after 1858 or locally prior to 1858, electoral registers, directories of names, newspapers, manorial records or county records. Part three examines the popular records types used by genealogists. For each topic you are provided with a brief description, information on what you will find, finding aids, what to do if you can't find your ancestor, other records to try for similar information, and a listing of the TNA research guides to read, and sometimes specific recommended books. There are 29 varied topics addressed here covering everything from apprenticeships, military records, change of name, civil war and interregnum, death duty registers, emigrants and immigrants, medieval ancestors, nonconformists, railway workers, state tontines, tax lists and more. Even as a researcher who has been to Kew numerous times I found myself saying I did that but not that, I therefore took a few notes of things to try on my next trip.
This book is a good introduction to the topics most commonly researched by family historians indicating the wealth of material available at The National Archives. Yet the material described here is only the tip of the iceberg. The book provides good advice on how to prepare for your visit and is thus highly recommended for anyone visiting for the first time.