In a clear and easily accessible fashion Jonathan Scott takes the reader through the key stages of research. He describes the principal sources and gives advice on how best to explore them. His handbook provides the basic building blocks for anyone who is entering this fascinating and rewarding field.
He guides the newcomer through the first steps of research, then focuses on the national, regional and local archives and other sources in Britain and Ireland. He outlines their history, giving advice on how to get precise and revealing information from them. Parish records and the records left by nonconformists, Jews and Catholics are covered as well as wills and probate, migration, working lives, poverty, crime, debt, divorce and adoption.
"This is an idea practical guide for beginners, particularly those living overseas, with an introduction to all the major research resources and how to use them" ~B&A FHS Journal, No. 166
"There's no shortage of beginners' guides to family history out there, although it's been a while since we've seen a new one. And here is one, by an established writer in the genealogy field. The premise that differentiates this one is that it is aimed at people around the world wanting to trace their British and Irish roots" ~Your Family History
"In general, Tracing Your British and Irish Ancestors covers the basic information required by a complete beginner to research their family history. It is rich with useful website addresses" ~Who Do You Think You Are?
“Even though this book is designed for the newcomer to British and Irish research, there are some gems in here for everyone… This is a good, up-to-date book for someone new to British and Irish research. It is an ideal introductory text for library collections.” ~FGS FORUM