Pen and Sword Books: Birth, Marriage and Death Records by David Annal, Audrey Collins

Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Birth, Marriage and Death Records (12 reviews)
A Guide for Family Historians
by David Annal
by Audrey Collins
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Paperback
186 pages
ISBN: 9781848845725
Published: 2 September 2013
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Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them. It explains the original motives for registering these milestones in individual lives, describes how these record-keeping systems evolved, and shows how they can be explored and interpreted.

Authors David Annal and Audrey Collins guide researchers through the difficulties they may encounter in understanding the documentation. They recount the history of parish registers from their origin in Tudor times, they look at how civil registration was organized in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and explain how the system in England and Wales differs from those in Scotland and Ireland.

The record-keeping practised by nonconformist and foreign churches, in communities overseas and in the military is also explained, as are the systems of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Other useful sources of evidence for births, marriages and deaths are explored and, of course, the authors assess the online sites that researchers can turn to for help in this crucial area of family history research.

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All you need to know about birth, marriage and death for tracing family history.
Essex Family Historian
Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them.Ē
Kent Family History Society Journal Vol 14, No.1
Covering parish and non-conformist registers as well as the records of civil registration, this book is a thorough guide for those researching British ancestors.
Genealogistís Magazine
Full of fascinating information, including why there are so few Catholic parish records extant before 1820, Isle of Man records, a chapter on Scotland and very useful pointers re military births, marriages and deaths.
Journal of Glasgow and West Scotland Family History Society
This is a very accessible introductory volume to a key subject or family historians. Beginning with a history of the motives for the introduction of such records, the authors explain how record systems evolved and... [read full review]
Bristol & Avon FHS Journal March 2013
An introductory guide for the uninitiated, Dave Annal and Audrey Collinsí introduction to the holy trinity of family history resources takes BMDs by their horns, explaining and elucidating how documentary evidence of these three junctures... [read full review]
Your Family History January 2013
This easy-to-read introduction to these crucial resources for family historians will help you to understand why these record keeping systems were created, how they evolved and how they can be explored and interpreted today. read full review]
Family Tree, January 2013
Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them. It explains the original motives for registering these milestones in individual lives, describes how... [read full review]
Kent Family History Society Journal
David Annal and Audrey Collins have written a very comprehensive guide to their chosen subject and discuss in detail all available sources.
The book is a most thorough study of its subject. ..it is... [read full review]

Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, November 2012
This guide acts as an introduction into understanding historical documentation. It gives a great amount of information concerning the creation of the record keeping system, including foreign churches and overseas communities. The authors provide extensive... [read full review]
West Surrey FHS, December 2012
This books is one of the best guides I have seen about the important subject of finding birth, marriage and death records. It covers civil registration, parish records and nonconformist registers in great detail but... [read full review]
Doncaster FHS
The book covers all the well-known resources such as parish registers and civil registration and also includes non-parochial registers. There are interesting chapters on military and information about overseas registers. Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands... [read full review]
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About David Annal
David Annal has been actively involved in family history research for over thirty years. He was employed by The National Archives for ten years and has worked as a professional researcher since 1984. He is the author of a number of best-selling family history books and is well known as a columnist and a speaker.

About Audrey Collins
Audrey Collins works as a family history specialist at The National Archives, and has researched extensively into the history of the General Register Office of England and Wales. She has a degree in history and politics from the University of Warwick, and was a freelance researcher, speaker, teacher and writer on family history before joining The National Archives in 2002. .
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