“Five Faves” Five of my favourite Family History Books

Jill Ball at Geniaus has kicked off another geneameme – Five Faves.

To participate, just share a blog post “sharing details of five books written by others that you have found most useful in your geneactivities” and let Jill know about it.

So here are a few of my favourites

Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History

This is a great resource for UK genealogy, it’s not web orientated so although published in 2005, it’s not dated as badly as many “internet” based guides. An essential bible for checking the classic sources of information.

Family Historians Enquire Within


An A-Z of Family History with again a UK and Irish bias. A great dip in reference and not as heavy as the Herber! Written by Janet Few, a lovely lady whose knowledge of all things Family History is tremendous.

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet

Written by the irrepressible Chris Paton, this guide gives lots of great pointers for researching in Ireland along with links to lot’s of sites worth visiting, one of the few books I prefer in Kindle format as all the links are then live.

My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer


One of a large series of books on many of the common occupations, this one gives great insight into both the lives and the sources of information of the Agricultural Labourers who make up the majority of my Ancestors.

Getting the Most from Family Historian 6


I felt I really should include this one, Family Historian helps me record my Family History and this well written book by the programs author is “The Guide” to using the program. Although I have not read it from cover to cover I do occasionally dip into it to check the “recommended” way to do it.

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