Friday, 10 January 2014

Tracing Your Family History on the Internet - 2nd edition

A few copies of my new book, the second edition of Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, arrived in the post today. Officially published on January 17th, you can order copies from Pen and Sword at

Here's the blurb from the back cover:
  • Fully revised second edition of the best-selling guide to internet family history research
  • Updated with a new introduction and expanded social networking section
  • Expert advice on the dos and don'ts of internet family history research
  • Chapters on internet research in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the islands of the British Isles
  • Shows how internet research can be integrated with a broader programme of study

This fully revised second edition of Chris Paton's best-selling guide is essential reading if you want to make effective use of the internet in your family history research. Every day new records and resources are placed online and new methods of sharing research and communicating across cyberspace become available, and his handbook is the perfect introduction to them. He has checked and updated all the links and other sources, added new ones, written a new introduction and substantially expanded the social networking section.

Never before has it been so easy to research family history using the internet, but he demonstrates that researchers need to take a cautious approach to the information they gain from it. 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, he 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.

Details on e-versions of the book will be given out in due course.

For reviews on its companion book Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, released a few months ago and available from, visit

Hope it helps with your research!


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at

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