5 books all family historians should take on holiday
Looking for a good family history read by the pool or beach this summer?
Here are 5 book suggestions from Family Tree books editor Karen Clare to pack into your suitcase or pop on your Kindle that won’t break the bank. One or two are old classics, but deserve a place on every family history fan's bookcase.
1. Dadland by Keggie Carew – part-family memoir, part-war story, Keggie Carew’s book is a beautiful, funny and loving tribute to her extraordinary father who, as he began losing his past to dementia, she was fighting to retrieve it (Vintage, 2017, RRP £8.99 in paperback, £5.49 Kindle)
2. Common People: The History of an English Family by Alison Light – a wonderful family-cum-social history featuring Victorian ancestors with incredible warmth and insight into human behaviour through the generations (Penguin, 2015, RRP £9.99 in paperback, £3.99 Kindle)
3. Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy by Dr Penny Walters - a thought-provoking and useful read for the modern family history researcher (Independently published, 2019, RRP £14 paperback, £9 Kindle)
4. Surnames, DNA & Family History by George Redmonds, Turi King and David Hey – an oldie but still a goodie, linguistics are combined with genetics, genealogy and local history to shed new light on the lives of our British ancestors (OUP reprint ed, 2015, £13.99 in paperback, £10.07 Kindle)
5. Genealogy: Essential Research Methods by Helen Osborn – a great manual for every dedicated genealogist’s bookshelf (Robert Hale Books, 2015, £14.99 in hardback, £4.33 Kindle)
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