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In Search of Your British & Irish Roots. Fourth Edition [Paperback]

Angus Baxter
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Dec 1 2009
Whether you conduct your research in person or by mail, this celebrated manual--now in its Fourth Edition--will guide you in finding your ancestors in Britain or Ireland. Noted genealogist Angus Baxter provides detailed instructions for locating records abroad and shows how easy it is to do it by mail--or on a vacation trip! He begins with step-by-step instructions on drawing up a family tree, and explains how to use sources close at hand. The search continues by correspondence with family history societies, record offices, and other organizations listed here, before concluding with a possible--but not essential--trip to the source, Britain or Ireland. The new Fourth Edition of this classic work includes discussions of the following topics: * The transfer of important genealogical records from Chancery Lane and St. Catherine's House to the new Family Records Centre in London--most notably, civil registration records, census returns, and records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury * The 1986, 1996, and 1998 reorganization of counties in England and Wales and the latest information on where to find local records. Where available, URLs are given for county record offices (CROs), as well as for major repositories. Phone and fax numbers, if available, are also given for CROs and other archives * The British Library transfer of many of its collections from the Great Russell Street location (inside the British Museum) to a new facility at St. Pancras, London * The establishment of the Irish Genealogical Project * The 1998 amalgamation of the Public Record Office and State Paper Office into the National Archives of Ireland In the end, Baxter demonstrates how the threads of fact can be woven into a rich and detailed family history, the ultimate goal of every searcher determined to find his family roots.

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This was one of the very first books I obtained to learn about UK & Irish research. It's full of the basics of UK research and also describes the unique and peculiar aspects of regional research in the British Isles.
This is a solid starting point for hunting your ancestors from the UK and Ireland. It helpfully provides information about county-level records for all English & Welsh counties.
It remains close at hand on my bookshelf as a well-thumbed reference guide.
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My great-great grandmother was supposedly born on St Patrick's Day in Dublin...how and why she got from there to Alamosa Co (250 mi from everywhere) before the end of the ninteenth century has been a lingering question of mine for many years. Mr Baxter's book has given me an approach to the question, not to mention a curiously practical guide to the civil and religious meanders of the British Isles' last 1000 years.
He presents the information I need to start... what to expect, what not to expect and where many genealogical goodies are stashed both "over the water" and here not 5 miles from my home, as it turns out. Who knew?
If you are reading this Mr Baxter, thank you so much for the hours and blind alleys you have no doubt saved me from...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful to this Novice March 31 2000
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My great-great grandmother was supposedly born on St Patrick's Day in Dublin...how and why she got from there to Alamosa Co (250 mi from everywhere) before the end of the ninteenth century has been a lingering question of mine for many years. Mr Baxter's book has given me an approach to the question, not to mention a curiously practical guide to the civil and religious meanders of the British Isles' last 1000 years.
He presents the information I need to start... what to expect, what not to expect and where many genealogical goodies are stashed both "over the water" and here not 5 miles from my home, as it turns out. Who knew?
If you are reading this Mr Baxter, thank you so much for the hours and blind alleys you have no doubt saved me from...
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine way to begin your British & Irish research! Aug. 21 2000
By Mark Howells - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was one of the very first books I obtained to learn about UK & Irish research. It's full of the basics of UK research and also describes the unique and peculiar aspects of regional research in the British Isles.
This is a solid starting point for hunting your ancestors from the UK and Ireland. It helpfully provides information about county-level records for all English & Welsh counties.
It remains close at hand on my bookshelf as a well-thumbed reference guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide Jan. 16 2014
By Wendy N. - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent comprehensive and readable guide to genealogy in Britain and Ireland. I have found it very useful and recommend to anyone researching their family in Great Britain or Ireland.
5.0 out of 5 stars British 7 Irish Research Sept. 12 2013
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good and complete guide for anyone researching in the British Isles and Ireland. Worth the expense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Your British & Irish Roots A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Aug. 26 2006
By Thomas F. Hursen - Published on Amazon.com
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