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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage - a great book for most of us!

Paul Milner and Linda Jonas have put their heads together to produce a book valuable to most American genealogical researchers...A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to find and record your unique heritage.

Paul Milner is a native of northern England. He is a professional genealogical researcher who has specialized in British Isles research for the past twenty years. For the last six years he has been president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois (BIGWILL). During the same time, he has written and edited the society's newsletter. He writes book reviews for the Federation of Genealogical Societies quarterly journal, Forum.

He is a nationally known and popular speaker at genealogical conferences and seminars. His specialty is the British Isles and his lectures typically draw audiences of several hundred genealogists.

Linda Jonas, a United States native, is the president of the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois. During her presidency, the society has become a well-respected international organization. The society hosts a prestigious annual three-day seminar on British Isles research; it is consistently sold out. Linda has acted as seminar chair for the past three years and under her guidance the event has offered up-to-date information by the most respected and experienced speakers from around the world. She has also designed the high acclaimed society Web site and writes the BIFHS-USA Guide to British Isles Research found there.

Linda Jonas has been a full-time professional family historian for the past twenty years and has focused on helping Americans find their British Isles ancestry. She is also a popular lecturer and write on all aspects of US and British Isles research. She has been supervisor, staff trainer and instructor at the Los Angeles Family History Center, which holds the largest British Isles resource collection outside of Salt Lake City. She now lives in McLean, Virginia.

With today's technology, you can trace generations of your English family history without ever leaving the United States. Even better, this step-by-step guide will help you get started - with confidence.

Unlike other books on English ancestry, this guide provides a well-rounded perspective on your research. Not only does it show what records you'll need and where to find them, it explains why those records were created and how they can reveal more about your ancestors' lives. You'll find clear and basic instructions to help you learn how to: focus your research and maximize your results by setting goals and keeping organized; find information right at home by utilizing the Internet, public libraries and Family History Centers; and search major indexes with speed and efficiency.

This book will help you locate crucial English records like civil registration, census returns, parish registers and probate materials by utilizing the International Index and the FHL catalog.

You'll be able to conduct effective research on the Internet, using the Family History Library on-line and other key genealogical sites.

You'll be able to analyze documents and records and determine their accuracy by following visual examples that explain each piece of information.

And, you will be able to overcome special challenges associated with English research, such as geographic and political terms, unstandardized record keeping and other social and historical issues.

To help you navigate your research, this book features an in-depth case study that illustrates the research process using several different sources. There's also a chapter for planning an effective research trip to England, should you decide to trace your genealogy even further.

You will go beyond standard genealogy books and learn to read between the lines of your English family pedigree chart. With the information you'll find using this special guide, you'll have more than just names and dates, you'll have what you need to create a compelling family history that brings your English ancestry to life.

Order A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors from Betterway Books, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207. Call 1-800-289-0963. The book is $18.99. ISBN 1-55870-536-8.

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