Sources for Research in English Genealogy
The Domesday Book is the result of a
record made at the time of William the Conqueror's survey of England
in 1086. It is the starting point of recorded history for the majority
of English villages and towns which are organized by county. This
first English census, considered by some as the most remarkable administrative
accomplishment of the Middle Ages, provides a record of English social
organization in the Anglo-Norman period. As a genealogical tool, however,
the Domesday Book's usefulness is limited. The works listed below
attempt to assist modern readers who wish to consult it.
1. Battle Abbey.
The Roll of Battle Abbey. [Reprinted in] Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co.,
1978 107, p. : coats of arms.
CS432.N7 B3 1978
Originally published in London by E. Churton in 1848.
2. Domesday Book. Text and translation edited by John Morris. Chichester:
Phillimore, 1975-<1992 >. . (History from the sources)
English and Latin.
Vols. 36-38 are Index. pt. 1: Places, pt. 2: Persons, and pt. 3: Subjects.
3. The Domesday Book: England's Heritage, Then and Now. Editor, Thomas Hinde.
New York: Crown, 1985. 351 p.: ill. (some col.), col. maps.
DA190.D7 D66 1985
Bibliography: p. 343-346.
4. Ellis, Henry, Sir, 1777-1869.
A General Introduction to Domesday Book: Accompanied by Indexes of the
Tenants-in-Chief, and Under-Tenants, at the Time of the Survey; As Well as of
the Holders of Lands Mentioned in Domesday Anterior to the Formation of that
Record; with an Abstract of the Population of England at the Close of the
Reign of William the Conqueror, so Far as the Same is Actually Entered.
[London: Printed by G. Eyre & A. Spottiswoode], 1833. 2 v.
Includes bibliographical references.
Reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Pub. Co. in 1971.
5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and
the United States of America. London: H.S. King & co, 1874. xvi, 484 p.
CS432.N7 N7 1874
"Alphabetical series of Norman names and families from the London post-office
directory": p. 131-452.
Reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Pub. Co., in 1975.