Books for Beginners

Whilst many of these publications date from around the year 2000, and therefore don’t take account fully of what is today available on the internet, they do still provide valuable guidance for beginners to family history research. 

The prices of all the Basic Facts series books have been reduced.




Basic Facts about Using Death and Burial Records for Family Historians

£1.55

Basic Facts about Using Death and Burial Records for Family Historians

(Lilian Gibbens)  This guide deals with the several death, burial and ancillary records which the family historian may encounter during research, and type of repository in which they can be found.  Some of the problems and pitfalls which may occur when consulting these records are also discussed.  16 pages.  Soft covers.  O... [more info]

Basic Facts about Using Marriage Records for Family Historians

£1.55

Basic Facts about Using Marriage Records for Family Historians

(Pauline M Litton with Colin R Chapman)  This guide outlines the various types of marriage record which the family historian is likely to encounter during research and in which type of record repository they can be found.  Some of the problems and pitfalls which may occur when consulting these records are also discussed.  A bibliogra... [more info]

Basic Facts about Using Merchant Ship Records for Family Historians

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Basic Facts about Using Merchant Ship Records for Family Historians

(Peter L Hogg)  Records of merchant ships are very detailed and there are fairly comprehensive listings of ships from the middle of the 18th century, particularly of British ships.  The records are all accessible to the public, but the main problem is locating these sources as the collections are not widely distributed.  This booklet... [more info]

Basic Facts about Using Record Offices for Family Historians

£1.55

Basic Facts about Using Record Offices for Family Historians

(Tom Wood)  This updated edition of the booklet about using record offices includes sections on preparations beforehand, reserving a research place, dos and don’ts, rules and regulations, using your time efficiently, getting help, making notes, and alternatives to County Record Offices.  16 pages.  Soft covers.  Over-the-counter... [more info]

Basic Facts about the Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll

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Basic Facts about the Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll

 (Richard Ratcliffe)  The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll is a unique set of fifty large leather-bound volumes, which are located at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. This contains the names of over one million people who donated a guinea to the Wesleyan Methodist Million Guinea Fund.  This short guide explains how the taking o... [more info]

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