The Oxford Guide to Family History / David Hey
This volume is much more than just another guide to the construction of
a family tree. David Hey invites the reader to discover what the life of
our ancestors was really like: who they were and how they lived.
Family history is a subject with broad concerns, including the origin,
spread, and sometimes the decline and disappearance of families. The
work of social historians is therefore of great interest, whether
dealing with the size of families, the ages at which people maried, or
the mobility of population. David Hey highlights those aspects of social
history that are most relevant to family history research, and suggests
lines of inquiry that may be followed with profit and enjoyment: the
past and present distribution of surnames, the stability of certain
families, and the mobility of others.
Practical guidance is given on the basics of research - how to get
started, where to find records, and deciphering early styles of
handwriting, etc. In making the fruits of the latest scholarship
available to the family historian, the author provides an authoritative
introduction to the subjects as well as a stimulating guide for those
wishing to proceed to a more advanced stage of research.
Published Oxford University Press, 1993 (corrected 1996). Price £23.75
(inc. p&p). Overseas (airmail) £30.00; $US48.00; $A89.00. Books will be
sent with an invoice for payment on receipt.
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