Part 3 will feature books and magazines, with an emphasis on genealogy and family history research in Australia and the UK.
Books for Family History Beginners
I will start with a selection of beginners books I own myself.
|Who Do You Think You Are?|
Compiling Your Family History. This is a small (48 pages) but useful book for beginners, prepared by the Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney. Currently in its 22nd edition, published in 2008.
|Family History on the Cheap|
Another Australian beginners guide which I do not have a copy of myself but have seen highly recommended is Family History for Beginners and Beyond compiled by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra. It is currently in its 14th edition, published in 2009.
|Tracing Your Family History in Australia|
Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History is a comprehensive (896 pages) book covering many aspects of genealogy and family history research in the UK. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace is a far more advanced book (and rather large at 888 pages) but very useful for family historians who may be interested in the academic aspects of family history, such as source citation and evidence analysis. I recommend this book for any beginners who want to start their research on the right foot!
Books for Beginners: Specific Repositories
National Archives of Australia (NAA)
Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists
Family Journeys: Stories from the National Archives of Australia
Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)
Private Lives, Public Records is a guide to the records available at the PROV for family historians. I received this book as a Christmas gift from my Mum in 2003. It really boosted my interest in family history as I was fascinated by all the historical documents that existed. I highly recommend this book for any beginners with ancestors in Victoria.
Magazines for Family History Beginners
Australian Family Tree Connections is an Australian independent monthly family history magazine which features many interesting family stories submitted by readers, as well as 'how to' articles, useful addresses for genealogical societies and dates for current and upcoming genealogy events across Australia and New Zealand.
Genealogical and historical societies often have their own magazines or journals. For example, the Genealogical Society of Victoria produces an excellent quarterly journal, Ancestor. You can find links to various Genealogical and historical societies on Cora Num's Web Sites for Genealogists.
The Genealogical Society of Victoria Online Bookshop has a selection of genealogy magazines available for sale. You can also find some of these magazine in newsagents across Australia.
Another option is to read the back issues (and current issues) or genealogy magazines at your local public library or in the library of your local family history society.
Some other genealogy magazines I have enjoyed reading in the past include:
- Family History Monthly (UK)
- Your Family Tree / Your Family History (UK)
- Ancestors (UK, now ceased publication)
- Family Tree Magazine (UK)
- Practical Family History (UK)
- Your Family History / Tracing Family History (UK)
Note: Your Family Tree magazine is known in Australia as Your Family History. The newer magazine in the UK known as Your Family History is known in Australia as Tracing Family History. Confusing but true!
A new history magazine, Inside History, has recently been launched in Australia, but I have as yet not bought a copy! Hopefully I will do so soon.
Where you can buy beginners books
National Archives of Australia Online Shop (NAA publications)
Public Record Office Victoria Online Shop (PROV publications)
Gould Genealogy & History
Society of Australian Genealogists Bookshop: How To Books
Genealogical Society of Victoria Bookshop: Getting Started and Guides
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