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Author Hey, David.

Title The Oxford guide to family history / David Hey
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993


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 ADPML GENEA  929.1072 Hey/Ogt  LIB USE ONLY
Description x, 246 pages : illustrations, (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents 1. The Study of Family History -- 2. Family Names. The Origins of Surnames. The Etymology of Surnames. Early Immigrants' Surnames. Christian Names. Surnames in the Seventeenth Century in Five Counties. Locating the Home of a Family Name -- 3. Mobility and Stability. Before 1800. Old Patterns of Movement. Early Emigration. Residential Stability. After 1800. Mobility. Emigration. Stability -- 4. Family and Society. Before 1800. The Nuclear Family, Servants, and Apprentices. Marriages, Births, and Deaths. Kinship and Inheritance. Social Mobility. After 1800. Marriages, Births, and Deaths. The Landed Aristocracy and the Gentry. Farmers, Servants, and Labourers. Accommodation in an Industrial Society -- 5. A Guide to the Records. Getting Started. Civil Registration. Census Returns. Trade and Commercial Directories. Parish Registers. Records of Protestant Nonconformity. Records of Roman Catholicism. Records of Jewish Congregations. Probate Records. Manorial and Estate Records. Enclosure Awards, Tithe Awards, and Land Tax Assessments. Poor Law Records. Military Records. Apprenticeship and Freemen Records. Hearth Tax and Protestation Returns. Lay Subsidies and Poll Taxes. Reading Old Documents
Summary Who were your ancestors? Where did they live? How did they earn their living? At what age did they marry, and how large were their families? Throughout the ages and across the world people have had a natural curiosity about their ancestors, but only recently have amateur historians begun to trace their forebears with such fervor and delight. Written by a leading authority in the field, The Oxford Guide to Family History is a practical introduction to finding out about your family. Much more than a guide to the mechanics of constructing a family tree, this helpful book suggests ways of broadening your own family research to look at what life was like for people of centuries past. Drawing on the oral tradition, financial records, gravestones, or census records, one may, for instance, learn how a family earned their living, what a person was like, or what religion they were. While many of the examples are based on British family histories, David Hey offers much practical advice on the basics of family research. He suggests, for example, that a family historian not start with some famous person who had the same surname back in the fifteenth century. The golden rule is to work backwards from the known to the unknown. Among basic sources for the beginner are municipal records, census records, and church registers. And Hey also points out that many surnames are intensely local in their distribution, and that as a result, tracing the geographical pattern of a surname is an important task, as it may lead towards the original home of the name. Offering practical advice such as how to get started, where to find records, and how to decipher early styles of handwriting, The Oxford Guide to Family History is essential to learning the most about your family history. Lavishly illustrated with pictures of family groups, houses, monuments, and archive records, here is an authoritative guide to this fascinating hobby
Analysis Families Genealogy
Great Britain
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-236) and indexes
Notes Also issued online
Subject Genealogy.
Great Britain -- Genealogy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Great Britain -- Genealogy -- Methodology.
Genre/Form Family histories.
Handbooks and manuals.
LC no. 92018524
ISBN 0192803131
Other Titles Family history
Family history