Pen and Sword Books: Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837 by Dr Jonathan Oates

Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837
Tracing Your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837 (14 reviews)
by Dr Jonathan Oates
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Found in: Family History Books
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
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142 pages
ISBN: 9781848846098
Published: 3 April 2012
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The trail that an ancestor leaves through the Victorian period and the twentieth century is relatively easy to follow – the records are plentiful, accessible and commonly used. But how do you go back further, into the centuries before the central registration of births, marriages and deaths was introduced in 1837, before the first detailed census records of 1841? How can you trace a family line back through the early modern period and perhaps into the Middle Ages? Jonathan Oates's clearly written new handbook gives you all the background knowledge you need in order to go into this engrossing area of family history research.

He starts by describing the administrative, religious and social structures in the medieval and early modern period and shows how these relate to the family historian. Then in a sequence of accessible chapters he describes the variety of sources the researcher can turn to. Church and parish records, the records of the professions and the courts, manorial and property records, tax records, early censuses, lists of loyalty, militia lists, charity records – all these can be consulted. He even includes a short guide to the best methods of reading medieval and early modern script.

Jonathan Oates's handbook is an essential introduction for anyone who is keen to take their family history research back into the more distant past.
Product Reviews
Most books focus on the easier Victorian era – here Jonathan Oates guides researchers on pushing back through the centuries.
Your Family Tree
Most books focus on the easier Victorian era – here Jonathan Oates guides researchers on pushing back through the centuries.
Your Family Tree
The examples he uses encourage new readers to explore further into the past than many might have thought possible. He includes some essential information about the whereabouts of important depositories, of which there are a... [read full review]
British Association for Local History, The Local Historian
This book very clearly details all the potential areas of research which the family historian can consider when tracing ancestry back from 1937. Also described are places to visit – the record offices and libraries,... [read full review]
Genealogist’s Magazine
Easy to read and use comprehensive reference book of nearly 150 pages for family historians who have conquered the 20th and 19th centuries and want to go back further.
Essex Family Historian, December 2012
The following eleven chapters cover many of the topics family historians would expect to examine once that had a need to use older and, in some cases, more difficult records, those written in Latin or... [read full review]
British Association for Local History
This is an essential guide that gives the background knowledge needed to trace ancestors all the way back to the Middle Ages. The author describes how the administrative, religious and social structures in the medieval... [read full review]
WSFHS, September 2012
This is a clearly written book with individual chapters on specific categories of records. These include churches and parishes, courts, manorial/ property, taxes, early censuses and militia. There is a comprehensive guide to sources of... [read full review]
Bristol & Avon FHS, September 2012
Jonathan Oates’s clearly written new handbook gives you all the background knowledge you need in order to go into this engrossing area of family history research.
Jonathan Oates’s handbook is an essential introduction for... [read full review]

Kent FHS Journal
This handbook is an essential introduction for anyone who is keen to take their family history research back into the more distant past.
Antiques Diary, Sept-Oct 2012
Part of Pen & Sword’s reliable ‘guides for family historians’ series, this new title fills you in on how to trace your ancestors beyond the start of civil registration in 1837. Author Jonathan Oates describes... [read full review]
Family Tree, July 2012-07-20
This is one of the best books that I have encountered in Pen and Sword's popular family history series, and one that promises to be an invaluable asset to anyone tracing ancestors before the onset... [read full review]
BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
Tracing your ancestors through the major Victorian records can often be rewarding and even seem a doddle if your ancestors all lined up to be counted at the appropriate points of their lives.
Here Jonathan... [read full review]

Your Family Tree, May 2012
Every family historian knows that getting back to 1837 is relatively easy, due to the introduction of civil registration in that year and of the census in 1841. But beyond 1837 is a different story.... [read full review]
Your Family History April 2012
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About Dr Jonathan Oates
Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London, Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s, Unsolved London Murders: The 1940s and 1950s and Attack on London. He is also an authority on the Jacobite rebellions of 1714 and 1745 and recently published "Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45".
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