Genealogy: How to use and Research Family Historian Books
English Family History Book
People have been researching their own family history lines for centuries. Therefore, there are all types of books printed to cater for this. Each one will reveal a wealth of different information. If you go to your local family history center, you will be amazed at the thousands of books on their shelves. These books could have records going back as far as the year 1400.
TYPES OF BOOKS AND THEIR USES
Books from different countries
The world is a very big place and people tend to move about with ease these days by plane or ship. Therefore checkout all the books from different countries.
Shipping and Immigrating Books
Families have emigrated or moved from country to country for years. There are books covering many details of these moves. Some will have shipping records of families emigrating from England to Australia, or America. Each country hold its own records of this movement, although books have been printed covering several country migrations.
Family history books
Many families have done their own surname research. Some have gone back several generations tracing the movements of their ancestors. Having gone back as far as they can they collate all the records, and print booklets of their heritage records. In the case of surnames like Smith, Jones, or Brown you need to be very careful when following someone else's family records. Because it looks right does not mean it is.
Never include a family member into your group until you have confirmation, from a birth, death, christening, or marriage certificate. Failure to confirm the family records could lead you on a different family line. Once added, it is hard to distinguish where the error occurred. While researching these books, you may find relatives that other people are looking for. Share any information you find, with others, then they can do the same for you. It could save you hours of unnecessary research.
Spelling of names is another important thing to consider. Even today, we find spelling errors. Census records for instance, and handwriting when written in pen and ink was very hard to decipher. Photocopiers were not always clear, therefore, people are human, and errors occur. Then there is the similarity in names, like Read, Reed, or Reid. Handwritten letters like r and n were easily mistaken for an m, which could make the name look completely different.
First names or nicknames, misinterpreted as Edward, Ted, Teddy, or even Ed. A first name of Morris could be mistaken for the person's surname. These are the things you will need to look for when researching and reading information in these books.
Books on World War 1 and 2 Records
With the advent of world wars, so many family members were lost at sea or shot down in planes. Many details are still being uncovered, or from members that survived and told their stories. You have to thank the diligence of these people uncovering this information and writing the books for you to find this information.
Researching your family does not always uncover the pleasantries of life. We may find members of the family to be convicts sometimes exported from their motherland because they stole a loaf of bread. You could find medical records of mental illness or even murders. It is only by reading the information that you will uncover the mysteries of your ancestors' history.
Before doing any research, write down all the information you know about your particular family. Include Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, their names and place of birth. Any dates and information, this will help you to get started.
The Internet has a wealth of information waiting for you to discover. Join the various forums, mailing lists and ask for help, when needed. Make sure you return the favor where possible. There are hundreds of Books, Cd's records, all full of information available on line to purchase.
Check out you local churches for birth, and christening records. It is amazing how many secrets might find there.
No matter how or where you find the information, add that next family member to your family. There are many rewards to researching your family history.
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