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Birth, Marriage and Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians Paperback – Illustrated, December 19, 2012
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- Publisher : Pen and Sword Family History; Illustrated edition (December 19, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848845723
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848845725
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For instance, I'd noticed that the ways of recording in parish registers had changed over the years - from what was often a pretty ad hoc way of jotting down the baptism, marriage and burial records (often all jumbled up) by the local minister in a notebook, through the various types of official forms that were then tried out to improve recording methods and make everything more legible and therefore accessible. (No, they weren't thinking about the avid bands of 21st century family historians - they were thinking about making it possible for contemporaries to have access to their own data for legal reasons). Now that I've read the book I understand how recording methods changed, and why. I know what Bishop's Transcripts were, and Fleet marriages. I know what Thomas Cromwell's part in it all was.
Plus, there's a whole lot more to this book than its analysis of church and civil BMD records in the UK. It looks at nonconformist, Catholic, and Jewish records too and there are chapters on military records, immigrants and emigrants, divorce, and adoption. And yes, a book like this can get out of date pretty soon as far as the availability of records online is concerned - but once you start accessing online data, the new stuff pretty much presents itself to your attention. For the historical background, this book is ideal and I have no hesitation in recommending it most heartily.
Solution - a second edition with these additions - with a complimentary copy to me!
I enjoyed reading it and thoroughly recommend it.
There are a few illustrations of certificates and parish register which probably come out well on the printed version, but are just too small on the kindle version (I bought the kindle version).