Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to: four new books to help with family and local history research

Help! Why can't I find my ancestor's surname?  Carol Baxter

This is a really solid reference work that explains how differences in spelling, handwriting, and speaking can create problems for people researching their family history, but even better, gives solutions on how to get around these problems. There is a concise introduction to the history of British surnames, including various types of  classification, and recommends many other reference works you can look up to aid your research. 

Finding families: the guide to the National Archives of Australia for genealogists compiled by Margaret Chambers

Absolutely everything you need to know about accessing the records in the National Archives of Australia - what records are available, privacy questions, how to search and view records, and recommends other reference works that may help your searching. Areas covered include: post office records, war records, and shipping records. 

Genealogy basics in 30 minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett

If you are looking for a quick and concise introduction on how to start researching your family history, this book is for you. It covers many new researchers queries and realistically prepares you for the common problems associated with family history research. Topics include genealogy road trips, genetic genealogy, and preserving your records and research.

Keep it for the future ! How to set up small community archives, compiled by the National Archives of Australia

Another succinct, clear, well set-out handbook, covering every aspect of setting up your own community archive. There is a lot more to preserving community heritage than you'd think ; this handbook also covers administration aspects as well as disaster recovery policy and plans, and how and why you should make your collection accessible to all. Alternatively, the practical advice given also applies to private family history collections.

There are copies of all these books for loan, and copies in local studies that you can read within the library.