Handbooks for Foreign Genealogical Research
1. Baxter, Angus 1912-.
In search of your British & Irish roots : a complete guide to
tracing your English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish ancestors /
Angus Baxter. -- Rev. and updated. -- Baltimore : Genealogical
Pub. Co., 1989. -- x, 310 p. : ill.
CS414 .B38 1989 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-306).
This guide to research in Great Britain includes the Isle of
Man and the Channel Islands. The topics discussed include county
boundaries since 1974, the records of each county in England and
Wales, and research in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Chapter Four deals with Mormon records and Chapter Five with
2. Colwell, Stella.
Dictionary of genealogical sources in the Public Record Office
/ Stella Colwell. -- London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1992. --
xvii, 206 p.
Z5313.G69 C45 1992
3. Colwell, Stella.
Family roots : discovering the past in the Public Record Office
/ Stella Colwell. -- Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., c1991. --
231 p. : ill.
CS415 .C65 1991 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-222 and index.
This book is divided into two major sections: "Understanding
the Sources," discusses legal matter, land and tax records,
emigrants and immigration. "The Sources at Work" illustrates the
foregoing in case studies.
4. Cox Jane 1947-.
Tracing your ancestors in the Public Record Office / Jane Cox
and Timothy Padfield. -- 4th ed by Amanda Bevan and Andrea
Duncan. -- London : HMSO, 1990. -- 266 p. -- (Public Record
Z5313.G69 C69 1990 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Cox asserts that "The Public Record Office is the single most
important repository of documentary information on individuals in
Britain." This book serves as an introduction to, and background
for, types of records most useful to genealogists at the PRO. In
addition to probate and vital records the book addresses the
military, the police, merchant seamen, railway workers, prisoners
of war (1793-1953), coroners's inquests, tontines and annuities,
debtors and bankrupts, civil litigation, and Britains overseas.
The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are included.
5. Currer-Briggs, Noel.
Debrett's family historian : a guide to tracing your ancestry /
Noel Currer-Briggs and Royston Gambier ; introduction by Sir Iain
Moncreiffe ; foreword by Lord Teviot. -- London : Debrett Webb &
Bower, 1981. -- 208 p. : ill.
CS414 .C87 1981 <LH&G>
Includes chapters on "Genealogy and Genetics," "Celtic
Ancestors," "Immigrants," and "Emigration to Australia and
America," with some colored illustrations.
6. Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery 1906-.
In search of army ancestry / by Gerald Hamilton-Edwards. --
London : Phillimore, 1977. -- 106 p. : ill.
CS415 .H36 <LH&G>
Discusses army records, obtaining commissions, returns of
service, army lists, tracing careers, muster rolls, casualties
and widows, courts marshall, and records of militia.
7. Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery 1906-.
In search of British ancestry / Gerald Hamilton-Edwards. -- 4th
ed. -- Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983. -- ix, 212 p. :
CS414 .H35 1983 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 176-205.
In addition of official legal, military, and religious records,
there are chapters on "Jews, Huguenots and other Immigrants,"
"The Cominions, the U.S.A. and other Countries," "Foundlings,"
and "Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Records."
8. Holding, Norman H.
More sources of World War I army ancestry / Norman Holding. --
2nd ed. -- Birmingham, England : Federation of Family History
Societies, 1991. -- 88 p. : ill.
CS415 .H65 1991
Includes bibliographical references (p. 85).
Discusses records and repositories, and includes illustrations
of badges, insignia and belts, while describing jackets, gas
masks, hats and caps to help in identifying military unites from
9. Rodger, N.A.M., 1949-.
Naval records for genealogists / N.A.M. Rodger. -- London :
HMSO, 1988. -- iv, 220 p. -- (Public Record Office handbooks ;
Z5313.G69 R63 1988
Bibliography: p. 200.
Chapters include "Ranks and Ratings," "Types of Service
Records," and "Masters and Pay Books." Appendix I, "Analysis of
Service Records" provides a chronology of all records discussed
with Public Record Office (PRO) and series designations,
inclusive dates, and remarks. Appendix II, "Service Records in
Series" lists registers with inclusive dates and PRO
designations. Appendix III is a brief directory of "Naval Reserve
and Auxiliary Forces" to 1945.
10. Saul, Pauline A.
The A-Z guide to tracing ancestors in Britain / Pauline Saul &
F.C. Markwell. -- 4th ed. -- Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co.,
1991. -- 256 p. : ill., maps.
CS414 .M37 1991 <LH&G>
Markwell's name appears first on the earlier edition. Includes
This is a dictionary of terms with definitions and frequently,
extensive explanations and bibliographic citations. Appendixes
include lists of records at Kew and Chancery Lane, Public Record
Office leaflets, and units of the British Army.
1. Bethell, David.
English ancestry / by David Bethell ; maps by Irene Margaret
Barron. -- Leek, Staffordshire, England : Melandra, c1981. --
vii, 387 p. : ill.
The "Country Guide" and Maps section, p. 147-385, provides a
description of each county as well as details about what records
2. Hey, David.
Family history and local history in England / David Hey. --
London New York : Longman, 1987. -- xv, 276 p. : ill.
CS414 .H49 1987 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 267-271.
Material is arranged in four sections: "The Middle Ages,"
"Early-Modern England," "Late Georgian and Victorian England,"
and "Excursions into Family and Local History," with the Garland
and Batty families as case studies.
3. Gardner, David E.
Genealogical research in England and Wales / [by] David E.
Gardner [and] Frank Smith ; artwork by Mariel P. Gardner. -- Salt
Lake City : Bookcraft Publishers, c1956- . -- v. <1-3 > :
ill., port., maps, forms, tables.
CS414 .G3 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical footnotes.
Vol, 2 includes over one hundred maps. Vol. 3 has the subtitle,
Old English Handwriting, Latin, Research Standards and
4. Mellen, Rachael.
The handy book to English genealogy / by Rachael Mellen. -- 3rd
ed., rev. and expanded. -- Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1990. --
x, 218 p. : ill.
CS414 .M45 1990 <LH&G>
Rev. ed. of: A Practical Guide for the Genealogist in England.
2nd ed., rev. and expanded. 1987.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187) and index.
Aims especially at Americans with chapters on "Coping in
England," "Record Offices and Libraries," "Interpreting the
Past," and an "Occupational Gazetteer." Maps show principal
repositories with public transit stations. Appendixes include
"Denominational Repositories," "List of Members of the Federation
of Family History Societies," "Regional Tourist Boards," and
"American/English Vocabulary," and a "Medieval Latin Word List."
5. Rogers, Colin Darlington.
Tracing your English ancestors : a manual for analysing and
solving genealogical problems, 1538 to the present day / Colin D.
Rogers. -- 1st USA ed. -- Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester
University Press. Distributed in the USA and Canada by St.
Martins Press, 1989. -- x, 182 p.
CS414 .R64 1989 <LH&G>
Rev. ed. of: The Family Tree Detective. 1985.
Complements Tracing Your Ancestors in the Public Record Office,
by Cox and Padfield (1984).
6. Wagner, Anthony Richard Sir 1908-.
English genealogy / Sir Anthony Wagner. -- 3rd ed. --
Chichester, Sussex : Phillimore, 1983. -- xii, 475 p. : geneal.
CS414 .W3 1983 <LH&G>
Provides a "survey of English genealogy as a whole...the social
and historical background...the study, literature and technique
of the subject and the nature of the record evidence on which
1. Cory, Kathleen B.
Tracing your Scottish ancestry / Kathleen B. Cory. -- Edinburgh
: Polygon, c1990. -- xii, 195 p. : ill., maps.
CS464 .C67 1990
The appendixes of this comprehensive guide include a glossary
of occupations, terms and contractions, useful addresses, and a
list of parishes, counties, and commissariots with date of
earliest known testament or inventory. Illustrations include
reproductions of original documents.
2. Goldie, Douglas Bruce.
In search of Hamish McBagpipes : a concise guide to Scottish
genealogy / Douglas Bruce Goldie. -- Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books,
1992. -- 116 p.
E184.S3 G65 1992
Describes the first steps to take and how to continue the
research. Goldie discusses New Register House, as well as a
variety of other sources to consider, and provides some useful
3. Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery 1906-.
In search of Scottish ancestry / Gerald Hamilton-Edwards. --
2nd ed. -- Chichester, Sussex, England : Phillimore, 1983. -- ix,
252 p. : ill.
CS463 .H35 1983
This is a comprehensive guide to Scottish genealogical
4. Sandison, Alexander.
Tracing ancestors in Shetland / by Alexander Sandison. -- 3rd
ed. -- London Lerwick [Scotland] : A. Sandison Distributed by the
Shetland Times, 1985. -- 48 p. : ill.
CS477.S5 S25 1985
Lists each district with its principal islands, townships, and
burial grounds, and provides dates of the earliest records in
Edinburgh. Information is also provided about local registers and
1. Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery 1906-.
In search of Welsh ancestry / Gerald Hamilton-Edwards. --
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1986. -- xi, 95 p. : ill.
CS452 .H35 1986 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 83-87.
Discusses civil and church records, army and navy records, the
merchant service and East India Company, heraldry, family history
societies, and provides useful addresses for the genealogist.
2. Welsh family history : a guide to research / edited by John
Rowlands and others. -- [Aberystwyth] : Association of Family
History Societies of Wales in conjunction with the Federation of
Family History Societies, 1993. -- xi, 316 p. : ill., facsims.,
CS453 .W45 1993 <LH&G>
Covers archive repositories, family history societies, parish
registers, civil records, records of inheritance, maritime
records, education and parochial records, freeholders, and
emigration. The book is "aimed at those with some knowledge of
research generally...either experiencing difficulties with their
Welsh lines...or coming to Welsh research for the first time."
1. Durning, William P.
A guide to Irish roots : collected from oral tradition and
ancient records during visits to Ireland, other parts of Europe,
and North America / by William and Mary Durning ; photos. by the
authors, cover by Clayton Clark III, art by Wendi Fitzpatrick. --
La Mesa, Calif. : Irish Family Names Society, 1986. -- viii, 77,
154, 47 p.,  p. of plates. : ill.
CS483 .D87 1986 <LH&G>
Contents: Part I. History of the Irish -- Part II. Charts of
Irish families -- Part III. Index of Irish names.
2. Falley, Margaret Dickson 1898-.
Irish and Scotch-Irish ancestral research : a guide to the
genealogical records, methods, and sources in Ireland / by
Margaret Dickson Falley. -- Strasburg, Va. : M.D.Falley, 1962. --
Reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Pub. Co. in 1981.
Contents: v. 1. Repositories and records -- v. 2. Bibliography
and family index.
This is a classic work on Irish genealogical research.
3. Grenham, John.
Tracing your Irish ancestors : the complete guide / John
Grenham. -- Dublin : Gill and Macmillan, c1992. -- xxxviii, 281
p. : maps.
CS483 .G74 1992 <LH&G>
Reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Pub. Co. in 1993.
Major sources discussed include civil, census, church, and land
records; other sources are probate and emigration records, deeds,
newspapers, directories, and the Genealogical Office. Part Three
"A Reference Guide" lists original documents and published
sources for each county.
4. McCarthy, Tony.
The Irish roots guide / Tony McCarthy. -- Dublin : Lilliput,
1991. -- ix, 116 p. : ill.
CS483 .M28 1991
Includes bibliographical references (p. 113-116).
Provides guidance to twelve major sources for genealogists and
explains how to use them and what to expect from them. McCarthy
also offers suggestions on how best to keep one's own records.
5. Yurdan, Marilyn.
Irish family history / Marilyn Yurdan. -- Baltimore :
Genealogical Pub. Co., 1990. -- xii, 194 p. : ill.
CS483 .Y87 1990
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-191) and index.
Assesses Irish genealogical research and records.
1. Reakes, Janet.
How to trace your English ancestors : (including Wales, Channel
Islands & Isle of Man) / Janet Reakes. -- Sydney, NSW : Hale &
Iremonger, c1987. -- 163 p. : ill., maps.
CS414 .R43 1987
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-158).
A primer of English genealogy.
2. Narasimham, Janet.
The Manx family tree : a beginner's guide to records in the
Isle of Man / by Janet Narasimham. -- [Isle of Man] : J.
Narasimham, 1986. -- vi, 50 p. : ill.
CS436.I8 N37 1986
Since the Isle of Mann is not part of the United Kingdom, it is
important for researchers of Manx families to know what records
are available and where they are located.