Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Ancestors by Simon Fowler

Tracing Your Ancestors
Tracing Your Ancestors (12 reviews)
A Guide for Family Historians
by Simon Fowler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Paperback
208 pages
ISBN: 9781844159482
Published: 4 April 2011
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This accessible, well-organized, easy-to-use beginners’ guide to the world of family history is essential reading for anyone who wants to find their way into this fascinating subject. In a series of short, practical chapters Simon Fowler takes readers through all the first steps that will reveal the lives of their ancestors and the world they lived in.
He looks at every aspect of research, from finding family papers and interviewing relatives, through exploring websites, archives, newspapers and directories, to all the other sources that can throw a light into the past. In a clear, straightforward way he explains how vital records of births, marriages and deaths can be used as the starting point in a sequence of eye-opening family detective work.
Simon Fowler’s introduction, which is founded on a career of genealogical research and writing, is an indispensable basic book for anyone entering in the field.
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Pen and Sword’s comprehensive, practical and easy-to-read Guides for family historians should also be on every genealogist’s bookshelf.” “These impressive ‘how to’ volumes are packed with essential information and cover the most useful archives, museums... [read full review]
Family Tree Magazine
Simon Fowler has been giving excellent advice on the subject for many years through his book and in family history magazine. His newest book gives clear and concise information not only on how to research... [read full review]
West Middlesex Family History Society, Dec 2011
Simon Fowler’s introduction, which is founded on a career of genealogical research and writing is an indispensable basic book for anyone entering in the field
Kent Family History Society Journal, Dec 2011
In less than 200 pages, he packs plenty of information into the book’s 11 themed chapters… The information here is short and sweet, but underpinned by a wealth of experience and aided by good illustrations.”read full review]
Your Family Tree Magazine, Nov 2011
... there are huge numbers of people embracing genealogy as a hobby or more serious persuit daily who, of course, need guidance through the minefield of websites, archives and record offices before they graduate to... [read full review]
Your Family History July 2011
For the past few years, Pen & Sword's catalogue of books aimed at family and local historians has increased substantially. One of the obvious remaining gaps, a general book on researching ancestors, has now... [read full review]
Who Do You Think You Are, Paul Blake, August 2011
This accessible, well-organised, easy to use beginners' guide to the world of family history is essential reading for anyone who wants to find their way into this fascinating subject. In a series of short,... [read full review]
Antiques Diary Sep/Oct 2011
Simon Fowler's impressive family history credentials mean that his new book is not ubiquitous tutorial. Instead, the text follows the flow of a researcher's experience.

The first chapter deals with discussions with relatives.... [read full review]

Family History Monthly, Online Special 2011
Genealogist and writer Simon Fowler goes back to basics with this practical, informative and easily digestible guide to tracing your family tree. He advises just how to start out on your family history journey,... [read full review]
Family Tree Magazine June 2011
The author is a leading authority on family and military history, a former editor of two national family history magazines and has the experience of 20 years as an archivist at The National Archives.
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Bristol & Avon Family History Society
As someone who has only been involved with Family History for a couple of years I found the book an invaluable source of information and assistance. Written by Simon Fowler it follows a logical approach... [read full review]
FFHS
If you would like to start to research your family history and ancestors but haven't got a clue where to start, then Tracing Your Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians is the book for you!... [read full review]
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