Pitfalls and Possiblities in Family History Research

Pauline Litton, Swansong Publications, 2010, 170mm x 245mm (6.6in x 9.7in), 276pp, ISBN 9780955345012

This excellent book starts with Always read the introduction to any book, CD or website and continues with a list of pitfalls such as All these parishes are in Oxfordshire, the (modern) road atlas says so (Berkshire residents make note). The main part is divided into topics (see the contents) with numerous sub-headings, so there is no index. The text is updated from a series of articles in Family Tree Magazine between 1998 and 2001, and includes cross references to other topics, non-commercial websites only (apart from Scotland's People) and further reading. It ends with the statement: Family history is like a game of snakes and ladders. Pitfalls are the snakes, possibilities are ladders, but most squares represent steady progress. Recommended reading for anyone with elusive ancestors and records that are not where you expected or which don't have the answers you want.

Jean Debney

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