Title: The Family Historian’s Enquire Within
Author: Janet Few
Media: paperback, 298 pages
Other: 6th ed., maps
Item Code: FHP026
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‘Family Historian’s Enquire Within’ is one of those classic genealogy reference books that anyone who has been doing their famly history for 15+ years probably still has on their bookshelf. The last edition of this book was produced in 1995, and as you would know since then, family history has changed beyond all recognition, thanks largely to the internet. As a tribute to the usefulfuness of this book, that despite these innovations it’s still a book that many turn to when asked any number of queries.
The introduction states that “this book is not designed to tell you everything you need to know.” Instead it is a reference book, with the aim of pointing you in the right direction.
Set out in an alphabetical format, it’s the ultimate genealogy reference book. Want to read up on Act Books, cadet, Lady Day, indentures, or Lloyd’s Marine Collection .. it’s all here. Occupations, places, titles, and genealogy terminology and a whole heap more are included in this book. It contains more than one thousand entries that will give sources, explanations, definitions, dates, addresses, bibliographies, maps and useful websites. It even includes maps of England and Wales and Scotland with the counties boundares before all their changes in 1974-1975 as well as county maps afterwards.
If you don’t already have a copy of Family Historian’s Enquire Within, do yourself a favour and add it to your genealogy bookshelf or wishlist.