About this book

This unusual book stands out in a crowded field.

  • It provides practical, expert, insider-knowledge.
  • It includes a full guide to current websites.
  • It offers many tips, short-cuts and helps to access the evidence you need. And to understandings of what this means.
  • It is rooted in the many years of day-to-day enquiries in family history by the noted international expert Lady Teviot.
  • It will be invaluable to the beginner and of great value to the more knowledgeable.
  • It will help you rapidly to become ‘street-wise’ in what will be a complex but fascinating personal endeavour.

Contents: Preface. 1 Introduction. “One day I will”, or how I began as a family historian. 2 Establishing the General Register Office. 3 UK Census returns. 4.  From the parish registers. 5. The parish chest. 6.  Underused sources for genealogical research. 7.  Kill or cure: medicine and health in the 19th century. 8.  Baby farming. 9.  Lunatic asylums. 10. Workhouses. 11. Hospital records. 12. Wills and administration. 13. Genealogical geography. 14. Sight unseen. 15. Emigration and immigration. 16. Guide to Websites

About the author

Mary (Lady) Teviot is an internationally known expert on family history research. She was President of the Federation of Family History Societies from 2001 to 2011 and is now a lifetime Vice-President. She is also Chairman of the Friends of East Sussex Record Office and a Member of the Council of the British Records Association. She has served as a member of the British Records Association, and has featured in the very successful second and third series of ‘Heir Hunters’ on BBC1 television.

Her company is Census Searches Ltd, a professional genealogical research firm which undertakes research into family history, probate and media research. She also undertakes lecture tours each year in Canada and Australia, and has also toured South Africa, USA and New Zealand. In 1965 Mary Teviot married the Honourable Charles John Kerr, who three years later succeeded his father as Baron Teviot in the House of Lords.


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The Street-wise Guide To Doing Your Family History

Lady Teviot

Available March 2018

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