Do you know much about where you come from? Or who your ancestors were? Family History Month encourages us to find out about our past and with Hampshire Libraries you can start that journey, and for free!
Digital Resources – Find My Past
Using a Hampshire Library computer, which is completely free, you can access the family history online resource ‘Find My Past’. All you need to log onto a library computer is your library card number and PIN.
Hampshire Libraries Booklist
From the makers of the award-winning BBC series & Nick Barratt, the UK’s leading authority on family history, comes the definitive guide to researching your family’s roots & bringing your family history to life. Containing all you need to know whether you’re a beginner or more experienced researcher.
Tracing your ancestors in the National Archives
by Amanda Bevan
This guide continues to offer one of the best ways to explore people in the past through the holdings of The National Archives at Kew and the Family Records Centre in Islington. Aimed at researchers on all levels, this book fully explains the institution, the records and how to use them most effectively.
Beginning with her grandparents, Alison Light moves between the present and the past, in an extraordinary series of journeys over two centuries, across Britain and beyond. Epic in scope and deep in feeling, ‘Common People’ is a family history but also a new kind of public history, following the lives of the migrants who travelled the country looking for work. Original and eloquent, it is a timely rethinking of who the English were – but ultimately it reflects on history itself, and on our constant need to know who went before us and what we owe them.
Famous family trees
Written by Kari Hauge and illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger
Children’s information book: 7 – 9 years
This title features a compendium of family trees featuring some of history’s most loved – and loathed – famous faces from history for the whole family to explore.
A dictionary of family history: the genealogists’ ABC
by Jonathan Scott
Part encyclopedia, part dictionary, part almanac. There are definitions, timelines and terminologies, details of archives and websites as well as advice on research methods and explanations of genealogical peculiarities and puzzles that would test the knowledge of even veteran researchers. Longer entries explaining the mechanics of the first census and other major sources and records rub shoulders with simple one-line definitions of obscure terms, useful addresses and signposts to little-known but rewarding corners of family, local and social history. This concise, clear and wide-ranging compendium of helpful, sometimes surprising information is a valuable reference tool for everyone in the field.
The Internet is revolutionizing family history research. Never before has it been so easy to research family history and to gain a better understanding of who we are and where we came from. But, as Chris Paton demonstrates in this practical guide, while the Internet is an enormous asset, it is also something to be wary of.
Family history: digging deeper
by Simon Fowler
This addition to any family historian’s library will take their research to the next level with clear advice and explanation of the processes involved from a crack team of Britain’s top genealogists. It also provides much information about the way in which our ancestors used to live and how this knowledge can help the researcher.
Tracing your ancestors’ lives: a guide to social history for family historians
by Barbara J. Starmans
|Tracing Your Ancestors’ Lives’ is not a comprehensive study of social history but instead an exploration of the various aspects of social history of particular interest to the family historian. It has been written to help researchers to go beyond the names, dates and places in their pedigree back to the time when their ancestors lived.|