Our genealogy research guides are a welcome addition to any family history bookshelf. We acknowledge that most people use the internet to undertake their research but there are still many who do not have easy access to computers so these guides aim to help fill the gap. Our range of titles is expanding to include requested topics.
Tracking down the right family history information is not always straightforward and you may find yourself hitting one brick wall after another. You may feel the thrill is in the chase and want to conduct your own genealogy research, learning as you go along, but you may also get frustrated quickly when your paths are blocked and then get discouraged. If your research has hit a brick wall and you are feeling helpless with no idea of what to do next, read this guide for some handy hints and tips on conducting your own research to help solve the mysteries confronting you.
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Researching your family history could turn up real gems, or make you frustrated with dead-ends. One of the biggest keys to unlocking family information is the occupations they held. What someone does for a living says a lot about them as a person and helps you understand who they were. Fortunately, a person’s occupation is one of the easiest clues to find and often points you in the direction of new leads or directions to follow. Found on marriage, death and a child’s birth certificates, occupations are also listed on census records. Occupation listings give you amazing insight, such as:
- Skilled trades often passed from father to son so an occupation may confirm a family relationship
- Surnames used to derive from the living a person had, e.g. Farmer, Thatcher, Miller, Collier, so are a way to check you are investigating the correct person or a way to distinguish between two people with the same name
- If the job involved travel, e.g. in the military or railway worker, it may give clues as to where to look geographically for more leads.
This 56 page genealogy research guide will help you understand the terms and definitions you will likely find in your research to help you interpret the information for the breakthrough you need.
Researching your family history can be joyous, yet frustrating. A new piece of information uncovered could open new doors or make you realise there is another dead end ahead. Hours spent trawling the internet or pounding the streets to look up records can reap rewards, but there could be just the piece of information you need right under your nose … in your own home or that of a family member.
This 6 page guide explains how remarkable personal items can be in uncovering what, on the surface, could appear to be insignificant but could easily turn out to be the signpost or significant breakthrough you have been looking for.
Researching your family’s medical history will tell far more than whether your children will be predisposed to having red hair, or be tall, short … or bald. Researching the health of your family members in the past could help influence your health in the future. Some medical conditions are known to be, or suspected of being, hereditary so researching your family’s health history will identify patterns and assist doctors to ascertain your risk of developing particular medical conditions or diseases. Knowing these risks helps doctors make informed decisions on screening or when advising on possible prevention or treatment. Your family’s medical history can also help identify other family members at potential risk and establish whether a condition is likely to be passed down to the next generation.
This 56 page guide will help you understand the terms and definitions you will likely encounter in your genealogy research and help you interpret the information for what could be a healthier future for you and your family.