This book is the ideal companion for anybody researching their family tree. It provides advice and inspiration on methods and problem-solving and helps the amateur family historian understand what successful professionals do to get results, and why we should copy them. Over ten chapters, it examines the various themes that affect the success or failure of all genealogy research. This begins with an overview of common challenges genealogists encounter and continues with an examination of how to both search effectively and find the right documentary sources. Using examples from her own family history as well as client work, teacher and professional genealogist Helen Osborn demonstrates how to get the most from documents, analyze problems and build research plans. These subjects lead on to recording results, how to ensure relationships are correctly proved, organizing information and presenting your findings. Although the book deals mainly with research in England and Wales, the skills taught are easily transferable to research in other countries. This book will be particularly valuable to anyone who is stuck with their research, in addition to those who are keen to learn about advanced skills and methods used by genealogists.
Genealogy by Helen Osborn
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About the author
Helen Osborn has worked as a professional genealogist and historical researcher since 1998. She is a member of AGRA and has been a consultant on the popular TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Helen was previously a business archivist at Young's Brewery in Wandsworth and was co-founder of online genealogy course provider Pharos Tutors. She is the author of Our Village Ancestors, (Robert Hale), and has written three other books about public houses and brewing history.
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