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
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.
"Lady Teviot has distilled over half a century's experience of family history research into this detailed yet highly approachable guide. Her style engages the reader from the outset, and succeeds in conveying a wealth of information through combining clearly-presented fact with details of her own genealogical journey, which has taken her from a beginner to a researcher with an international reputation. Every aspect of family history is covered, with hints and short cuts which will smooth the beginner's path in what can be a treacherous field. And don't think this book is just for the inexperienced - I have been working with records for over 40 years and as well as enjoying some new family history anecdotes, learnt much about the record sources which some of us take for granted. You may not be a Street-wise genealogist when you embark on this book, but you certainly will be when you finish it." - Christopher Whittick, East Sussex County Archivist.