10 books for family history researchers while self-isolating


04 January 2021
Despite these challenging times we're currently experiencing, now is the perfect opportunity to pick up a book and get clued up on family history.

Here's our top 10 picks to help keep you entertained...

1. Writing your family history by Gill Blanchard

Now’s a very good time to devote yourself to writing up your family history. Find practical steps and strategies inside.


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2. Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide for Family Historians by Graham S Holton

Keen to learn about your genes. This guide is a must-read.

3. Family Tree Book Page Starter Pack by My History

In the mood to spring clean your family papers. Get them shipshape with this elegant selection of forms.

4. Genealogy: Essential Research Methods by Helen Osborn

Improve your genealogy skills with this sound and inspiring advice.

5. The Parish Chest by W E Tate

Treat yourself to a classic.

6. Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton 

This guide, now in its second edition, by Family Tree contributor Chris Paton, is a welcome research aid.

7. How to Research Your House by Pamela Brooks

House history is a fascinating way not only to find out more about your ancestors and how they lived, but to discover more about the domestic dwellings in your own town or village. Pamela Brooks provides an easy to follow introduction to the subject.

8. My Ancestor Was An Agricultural Labourer by Ian Waller

There can be few among us who don’t have an ancestor who worked the land. This guide, part of an excellent long-running series from the Society of Genealogists, shows you what records are available for finding out more about rural ancestors and their work on the land.

9. A History of English Place Names and Where They Came From by John Moss

John Moss explores what a simple place name can tell us about the origins of that town or village, and how this may have affected the lives of our ancestors over the centuries. 

10. A Year in the Life of Medieval England by Toni Mount

Want to know what happened on a particular day in medieval history? From fascinating folklore, through the minutiae of everyday life and the glitter of the royal court, this a day-by-day tour through life in medieval England – compelling and quirky.​

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