Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet - reprinted

My Tracing Your Family History on the Internet book, published by Pen and Sword at the end of February 2011 completely sold out in August, the title being the company's fastest ever selling family history book. It has now been reprinted, and is once again available from the Pen and Sword site at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/?product_id=2974.

Here's the official blurb:

The internet is revolutionising family history research. Every day new records and resources are placed online and new methods of sharing research and communicating across cyberspace become available. Never before has it been so easy to research family history and to gain a better understanding of who we are and where we came from.

But, as Chris Paton demonstrates in this straightforward practical guide, while the internet is an enormous asset, it is also something to be wary of. Researchers need to take a cautious approach to the internet information they acquire. They need to ask, where did the original material come from and has it been accurately reproduced, why was it put online, what has been left out and what is still to come?

As he leads the researcher through the multitude of resources that are now accessible online, Chris Paton helps to answer these questions. He shows what the internet can and cannot do, and he warns against the various traps researchers can fall into along the way.

The chapter headings are:



Chapter 1: Gateways and Institutions
Recording information; Gateway sites; Key institutions; Commercial vendors

Chapter 2: Genealogical Essentials
Births, marriages and deaths; Church records; censuses; Probate and confirmation; Directories; maps and gazetteers; Nobility and gentry

Chapter 3: Occupational Records
The Armed Forces; Merchant seamen; Workers' rights; Mining; Communications; The Church; The Law; Theatrical; Medical; Business;

Chapter 4: England
Useful resources by county

Chapter 5: Wales
Useful resources by county

Chapter 6: Scotland
Useful resources by county

Chapter 7: Northern Ireland
Useful resources by county

Chapter 8: Crown Dependencies
Useful resources by island

Chapter 9:Empire and Migration
Immigration; emigration - Canada; USA; Jamaica and the Caribbean; South America; Australia; New Zealand; South Africa; India; Gibraltar

Chapter 10: Social Networking
Sharing data; Other networks; Chat; Blog; Twitter



The cover price is £12.99, but Pen and Sword are currently offering it at £10.39.

Hope it helps with your research!



  1. Congratulations Chris! What an accomplishment.

  2. It will be if any royalties start coming through! lol :)