Family history selected reading list

A list of useful titles for researching family history

The titles on this page are all available from Hampshire County Council libraries.

Family histories in the UK

Annal, David (2012) Easy family history : the beginner's guide to researching your family history (London, Bloomsbury)
This guide is for everyone interested in their ancestors whose research has not yet begun or is in its early stages. David Annal introduces all the relevant sources of information in easy steps and the most logical sequence, focusing on what you really need to know.
Paton, Chris (2011) Tracing your family history on the Internet : a guide for family historians (Barnsley, Pen & Sword Family History)
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.
Pearsall, Mark (2007) Family history companion : fast-forward your family history search (Kew, National Archives)
Practical and portable, this easy-to-use handbook offers insights into family history. Drawing on the expertise of the National Archives, it explores terms, topics, sources and record types from medieval times to 2007, explaining how and why they can help your own research.
Stewart, Alan (2008) Grow your own family tree : the easy guide to researching family history (London, Allen Lane)
Using many case studies and real-life examples, 'Grow Your Own Family Tree' shows how to locate and use a range of records and information to track down all the heroes and villains in your own family story, here and in other countries.

Black and minority ethnic histories reading list

The following titles specialise in researching family histories with roots outside of the UK

Crooks, Paul (2008) A Tree Without Roots (London, Arcadia)
An instructive guide for British, Africans and Asians interested in finding more about their family connections with the Caribbean islands, this book offers techniques and approaches that can also be applied to anyone researching their ancestors around the world.
Grannum, Guy (2012) Tracing your Caribbean Ancestors (Kew, National Archives)
Fully updated and revised, this new edition includes recent developments in Caribbean genealogy research including guidance on archives that are now available online and how to find, and accurately search, newly released information.