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The Family History Web Directory (Paperback)

The Genealogical Websites You Can't Do Without

Family History > Types of Records

By Jonathan Scott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 70
ISBN: 9781473837997
Published: 28th October 2015
Last Released: 1st March 2021



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Jonathan Scott's Family History Web Directory is an information-packed reference guide that distils the best of the internet into one easy-to-use format. Themed sections cover different topics, from 'getting started' to specific occupations, and there is an index reproducing all the websites in A-Z order. His handbook is a vital source for less experienced researchers, and a handy aide-memoire for more seasoned campaigners.

Web addresses are listed by topic, then in order of importance and usefulness. An extraordinary range of sites that will interest family historians is included – from records of births and deaths, tax, crime and religion, to military records and records of work and occupations. Also featured are sites that give information about archives, blogs and forums, social networking and sharing research.

The internet can be an overwhelming place for the genealogist. Jonathan Scott's book provides readers with online shortcuts, tips for getting the best from well-known websites, plus the details of all kinds of lesser-known and hard-to-find sources.

This is one of those books you just need to have on hand as you research!

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Treehouse Genealogy

The subtitle of this book is telling and in this
case it really is true. It is encouraging to find a book that does exactly what it claims and one
which even experienced family historians will
find invaluable.

Reference Reviews, Vol 31 - reviewed by Dianna Dixon

Part of the 10 useful family history titles included in Rachel Bellerby's author article on 'how to start your family tree at home'

Family Tree, April 2017

Part of 'further reading' in Rachel Bellerby's author article on the top 5 websites (for beginners) for anyone new to family history

Family Tree, March 2017

This handbook is a vital source for less
experienced researchers, and a handy
aide-memoire for more seasoned

Village Publications

This valuable book covers so many subjects and if you use a computer for research, you need this by your side!

Kent Family History Society Journal Vol.14 No.12

A useful reference guide, for beginners and experienced family historians alike.

Essex Family Historian No.159

Those starting down the trail of researching a particular occupation or event, or seeking information on a particular religion, are likely to find something here that will tempt them.

B&A FHS Journal No. 163

Jonathan Scott has had more than a decade writing about genealogy online and his knowledge, enthusiasm and good humour shines through this very useful book.

Who Do You Think You Are?

A practical book for beginners and the more experienced. I liked the logical introduction to the aims of the book. The clear, concise instructions to accessing the websites would enable a novice user of technology to get to grips with searching on the internet quickly. Each website is given a clear standardised entry i.e. name, internet link and a description of what the website does and the information included.

It would be a tall order to be a completely comprehensive guide to internet sources, but this book has a good stab at it. The section headings are clear: First Steps, Digging Deeper, Military and Conflict, Occupations and Miscellaneous with subject related sub sections within each with many ‘see also’ cross references. In the miscellaneous section there are useful sub sections on sharing your research, social media and software and apps. The index is excellent.

This author has done the hard work for you by visiting the websites and finding specialist sites that may be hard to locate using a search engine. He also gives sage advice to researchers: websites are changing all the time so there may be sites listed that are no longer live and to ‘make notes, either digital or physical. If you don’t leave a trail of breadcrumbs sooner or later you will end up going round in circles’.


Federation of Family History Societies (Hertfordshire FHS)

There has probably never been a better time to undertake family history research and I say that as someone who started embarking on my own research project around thirty years ago when there was nothing on line at all. Today, as this new book highlights, there is so much more...

...Overall, this is a good book and should sell by the bucket-load at fairs such as Who Do You Think You Are?

Army Ancestory Research - Paul Nixon
 Jonathan Scott

About Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott is a freelance writer specializing in family history. He is a former deputy editor of Family History Monthly and has penned the ‘Best Websites’ column for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine since 2007. He also writes the magazine’s monthly ‘Around Britain’ feature and compiles the end-of-year look-ahead at developments online. In addition to his work in family history, he has compiled Collecting Children’s Books and Rare Book Price Guide

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