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Useful Books

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Useful books

You can buy most of these books over the internet. However a few words of caution:

  • Many of these books were published in the UK. Try to find a supplier in your own country but, if you can’t, check out the currency conversion rates before you buy. There’s an online currency converter at which will give you a guide, but most credit/debit cards use their own currency conversion rates which will be different;
  • Books are heavy - if you are buying from an overseas supplier don’t forget that postage costs can add a lot to the total cost of your order.



Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History by Mark D. Herber (The History Press Ltd; 2005; ISBN: 978-0750941983)

The Genealogist’s Internet by Peter Christian (The National Archives; 2005; ISBN: 978-1903365830)

Tracing Your Ancestors in the National Archives: The Website and Beyond by Amanda Bevan (PRO Publications; 2006; ISBN: 978-1903365892)


England Specific

A Dictionary of English Surnames by P.H. Reaney & R.M. Wilson (Eds) (Oxford University Press; 2005; ISBN: 978-0192806635)

Tracing Your Family Tree: The Comprehensive Guide to Discovering Your Family History by Jean A. Cole & John Titford (Countryside Books; 2003; ISBN: 978-1853068232)

A Thousand Years of the English Parish: Medieval Patterns & Modern Interpretations by Anthea Jones (Windrush Press; 2000;  ISBN: 1900624508)


Ireland Specific

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham (Gill & Macmillan Ltd; Mar 2006; ISBN: 978-0717139767)


Scotland Specific

The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History by George F. Black (Birlinn Ltd; 2007; ISBN: 978-1874744832)

The Scottish Family Tree Detective: Tracing Your Ancestors in Scotland by Rosemary Bigwood (Manchester University Press; 2006; ISBN: 978-0719071850)

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: The Official Guide by The National Archives Of Scotland (Mercat Press; 2007; ISBN: 978-1841831176

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2008 16:32