Tracing your Twentieth Century Ancestors
by Karen Bali
For anyone looking to find their UK relatives in the recent past, this is great start. If you are a beginner this is a perfect book, or if you have a little experience in genealogy, but are an American like myself, there are some helpful insights here. Some of the information I knew already, like some of the websites to look for census or newspaper records. However, if you are looking in Britain some things are either called by a different name or there are differences in what is available. For instance, I kept going past conscription, not realizing it was just their version of the draft. In some instances its worth knowing where not to look. I kept coming up short on census records. However, after reading this, I found out that they use different year increments and there just will not be any census records for the next one hundred years. Very Helpful!
The recent past is so often neglected when people research their family history, yet it can be one of the most rewarding periods to explore, and so much fascinating evidence is available. The rush of events over the last century and the rapid changes that have taken place in every aspect of life have been dramatic, and the lives of family members of only a generation or two ago may already appear remote. That is why Karen Bali s informative and accessible guide to investigating your immediate ancestors is essential reading, and a handy reference for anyone who is trying to trace them or discover the background to their lives.
In a sequence of concise, fact-filled chapters she looks back over the key events of the twentieth century and identifies the sources that can give researchers an insight into the personal stories of individuals who lived through it. She explains census and civil records, particularly those of the early twentieth century, and advises readers on the best way to get relevant information from directories and registers as well as wills and other personal documents.
Chapters also cover newspapers which often provide personal details and offer a vivid impression of the world of the time professional and property records and records of migration and naturalization. This practical handbook is rounded off with sections on tracing living relatives and likely future developments in the field.”