This pocket book contains the dates of all the archives in genealogy in timeline charts, listing records from 'the Present Day back to 1800' for England and Wales Isles, including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Book 1 is an excellent resource for those who are starting their family history research. It begins with advice on how to begin your ancestry search under the heading 'Before you Start'. The archives listed beside the timeline chart starts logically with the list and dates of Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths and the other indexes which are now either on-line or at the National Archives at Kew, Surrey. These archives are the first documents that should be studied and possibly buy to start you family history.
Whether you are researching abroad in libraries containing British ancestry or in the record offices in the UK, the idea of this pocket book is that it gives you a quick, clear reference to the dates of the archives, when they start and when they finish. It is advice for your family history search, in your pocket or handbag, to carry with you at all times. After all, it is in the record offices that you need the help if you get stuck and wish to move on to other British genealogy. See 'How to use the Charts'. Each archive subject has a paragraph of explanation under the heading 'Appendix and Helpful Hints'.
After organizing that precious day out, it is very disappointing and frustrating to get home to your text book or to the Family History classes to find you could have seen more archives whilst at the record office. The books will help you decide what to do next when your research comes to a stop. This book is to help you do that, and structure your research in a logical way. Carry it with you. You never know when you will need it.
The pocket books for your genealogy are not intended as basic instruction books on all areas of your ancestry search for your family history. There are plenty of other publications to teach you the details and principles and introduce you to the main sources of genealogy historical data. I have listed the authors of such books under 'Recommended Reading'. For further help, there are the Registration District Maps, to help you when you are looking at the GRO references for Births, Marriages and Deaths, to find the correct area for your ancestor. We have reproduced in black and white by kind permission of C.R Humphery-Smith and the Trustees of Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, (address in book), from the series of coloured Registration District maps produced by them from their series of genealogical aids. There is also a list of the main addresses with their email addresses and web sites.
If you are searching your ancestry on-line, the genealogy timeline charts are now on CDroms.