Family history is only one part of your personal heritage - there's more to your background than who your ancestors were. This differs from most books on the market as it places this process on an equal footing with the social history that surrounds each generation, as much as the technical know-how on which records to examine, and where.
This book takes you on a unique journey back in time, examining the houses, streets, communities and ways of life that shaped the world around us, and in particular the precise circumstances that made us who we are today. Furthermore, this book will not just explain how and where to undertake this personal detective process - it shows you how to organise and shape your findings, and create your own personal archive using the latest technology and online resources, and how to add your store of knowledge to the emerging social networks that allow us to create a People's Archive and tell the forgotten story of the past that never makes it into the textbooks.
Medieval historian Nick Barratt's latest book is described as an accompaniment to understanding your ancestors' lives rather than a research guide to identifying who they were, though tries to do both.
Constructed... [read full review]Discover my Past, England and Scotland
I was pleased to be able to review this book as i thought it was likely to be interesting- and so it proved. Dr Nick Barratt is a well respected archivist and commentator on... [read full review]Anglo German Family History Society
Unlike the majority of family history research books, Nick Barratt encourages you to go much further than simply recovering a name, for a name does not make a person. This is the perfect Christmas gift... [read full review]Tom
In fact it is three books in one with sections on researching family history, houses and local history, although most chapters are of equal interest to family historians.Simon Fowler, Reviews
Dr. Nick Barratt is best known for 'Who Do You Think You Are?', the popular BBC television series aimed at taking celebrities into their family's past. With 'Nick Barratt's Guide to Your Ancestors' Lives',... [read full review]Evergreen
Best known for his role in the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, Nick Barratt explains how there is more to family history than just who your ancestors were.
Combining family and social... [read full review]Best of British
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About Nick Barratt
Dr Nick Barratt obtained a PhD in history from King's College London in 1996, editing the 1225 Exchequer pipe roll and several Exchequer receipt rolls from the 1220s in the National Archives. Nick started work in television whilst working at the BBC as a specialist archive researcher for a number of programmes. Nick is a prolific reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. He has worked with a variety of companies, celebrities and TV presenters often compiling their family history, including the triple BAFTA nominated BBC - Who Do You Think You Are?.
From Richard Bacon to Richard Hammond, Victoria Beckham to Catherine Zeta Jones, Nick’s research has been used for all features of publicity.
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