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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 Jewish records. 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 Office handbooks) 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. : ill. 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 old photographs. 9. Rodger, N.A.M., 1949-. Naval records for genealogists / N.A.M. Rodger. -- London : HMSO, 1988. -- iv, 220 p. -- (Public Record Office handbooks ; no. 22) 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 index. 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. CS414 .B47 The "Country Guide" and Maps section, p. 147-385, provides a description of each county as well as details about what records are extant. 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 Procedures. 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. tables. 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 they rest."


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 addresses. 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 research. 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 search fees.


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., maps. 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., [2] 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. -- 2 v. CS483 .F32 Reprinted in Baltimore by Genealogical Pub. Co. in 1981. (CS483.F32<LH&G>). 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.

Channel Islands, Isle of Man

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.
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