Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: English Genealogy Research"

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for  English Genealogy Research, by Paul Milner.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). They are designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The English  Genealogy Research "Genealogy at a Glance" folder has these subjects:

* Contents list
* Quick Facts about England 
* English Emigration Background - Passenger Lists
* Unlocking English Family History - Surnames, Paleography, Dates
* Basic Record Sources -- Civil Registration, Parish Registers, Diocesan Records, Probate Records, Census Returns
*  Supplementary Sources - Printed Sources, Archives, Libraries and Societies
 * Major Online Resources - Commercial Websites, Free Websites

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who is not an expert, or has no experience, in English research - a researcher with expertise would rely on quality published books with in-depth knowledge about the resources available.  Reference books, online databases and websites for each topic are cited in the text.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, they are invaluable because I can pull them out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" folders is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $8.95. You can order it through the Store, or use the link for the English Genealogy Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.
I reviewed several similar works in Book Review: Genealogy at a Glance: "How-To" Series (French-Canadian, Scottish and Irish) and Book Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research."

Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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