Explore more than 65 volumes about genealogy, heraldry, palaeography, geography, and more. The details gleaned from these titles will expand your knowledge about your ancestor’s life and how your ancestors lived through the centuries.
These volumes are incredibly useful beyond searching for an ancestor’s name. You can access 62 different volumes relating to British history, heraldry, cultural history, and genealogy. They will provide the contextual information you need to create full profiles of your ancestors and the lives they led. They will add quality to your family history and your overall understanding of British genealogy. Britain, histories and reference guides is a resource you will save and keep coming back to. The subject matter varies greatly in this large collection of publications. Therefore, when you find your ancestor’s name in these records it could be for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples of the titles available and what you can find in each.
Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time, published in 1896 – Discover the origins of English customs from ancient traditions with pagan origins that have lasted through the centuries to the modern Christmas tree, pantomimes, and May day customs.
The Northern Genealogist, published 1895 by Alfred Gibbons - This publication includes Newark parish registers, Lincolnshire chantries (endowments), Dymoke family estates, the will of James Bean of Jamaica, Grimsby burgess roll, and many more resources.
Notes of Cases Heard & Determined by Courts, published in 1913 - In this publication, you will find notes on a range of cases recorded weekly throughout 1913. The cases are from the high court, local courts, and courts of appeal. They cover libel, criminal law, estates, divorce, etc. Full details of the cases presented in court as well as the verdicts passed by judges in other cases are included.
The Slang Dictionary, published 1865 – Explore the vulgar words, street phrases, and fast expressions of high and low society. The author traces the history of the words and phrases, such as ‘Abraham-men’, which meant people who were mad and admitted to Bethlehem Hospital, and ‘stampers’, which were shoes. There are also sections dedicated to the words used by specific groups of people; for example, actors used the word ‘daddy’ to refer to the stage-manager, ‘ben’ for a benefit, and ‘sal’ for salary.
Coaching Days and Coaching Ways, published 1893 – The author, W Outram Tristram, captured the social life of those who passed to and from London and the provinces. As he explained, ‘I shall show our ancestors of all ages in all kinds of costumes…busy at the nothings which make travelled life - eating, drinking, flirting, quarrelling, delivering up their purses, grumbling over their bills – a motley crowd of kings, queens, statesmen, highwaymen, generals, poets, wits, fine ladies, conspirators, and coachmen’. Historical detail of each place is given. There are 214 illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton.
A General And True History Of The Lives And Actions Of The Most Famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street-Robbers, Etc. published 1742
Acta Regia, published 1733
Andrews' Curiosities of the Church, published 1891
Architecture in Relation to Our Parish Churches, published 1886
Aveling's Heraldry Ancient & Modern, including Boutell's Heraldry, published 1892
Bernau's International Genealogical Directory, 2nd edition, published 1909
Blunt's Book of Church Law, published 1899
Burke's Key to the Ancient Parish Registers of England & Wales, published 1908
Burn's History of Parish Registers in England, 2nd edition, published 1862
Coaching Days and Coaching Ways, published 1893
Constitutions of Free and Accepted Masons, published 1888
Cripps's Practical Treatise on The Law Relating to the Church and the Clergy, published 1850
Domesday Book and Beyond: Three Essays in the Early History of England, published 1907
Domesday Book for Middlesex, published 1862
England in Days of Old, published 1897
English Farming Past and Present, published 1922
Fairholt's Costumes in England, published 1896
Fox-Davies' Complete Guide to Heraldry, published 1909
Fox-Davies' Heraldry Explained
Guy's Out Trails & McLean's Health, Strength & Beauty, published 1902
Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, volumes I & II, published 1878
Haydn's Dictionary of Dates, published 1892
Hitching's References to English Surnames in 1601, published 1910
Holdsworth's Handy Book of Parish Law, published 1886
Illustrated Notes on English Church History, 2 volumes, published 1888-93
Lang's Books & Bookmen, 1st edition with unexpurgated chapter on parish registers, published 1887
Long's Personal and Family Names, published 1883
Manuals of the Duties of Poor Law Officers: Master & Matron of the Workhouse, published 1869
Martin's the Record Interpreter, published 1910
Master Wace's Chronicle of the Norman Conquest, published 1837
Mrs Beeton's Cookery & Household Hints, published 1895
Notes of Cases Heard & Determined by Courts, published 1913
Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time, published 1896
Old English Social Life as Told by the Parish Registers, published 1898
Oliver Cromwell's Letters & Speeches with Elucidations, 3 volumes, published 1845
Paupers in Workhouses in England & Wales, published 1861
Peake's The English Village: The Origin & Decay of its Community, published 1922
Pictorial Description of Great Britain & Ireland, published 1846
Railway Year Book, published 1922
Registrar General's 64th Annual Report on Births, Marriages & Deaths in England & Wales, published 1903
Roman Roads in Britain, published 1928
Round's Feudal England, published 1909
Rye's Records and Record Searching: A Guide for the Genealogist & Topographer, published 1897
Saunders' Ancient Handwritings: An Introductory Manual, published 1909
Seebohm's English Village Community, published 1896
Social England Illustrated: A Collection of 17th Century Tracts, published 1903
Social Life in Britain from Conquest to Reformation, published 1918
Something for Everybody, published 1861
Suggestions for Guidance of the Clergy with Reference to Marriage Registration Acts, published 1904
The Ancestor, quarterly journals 1902-1905
The Autocar Handbook: A Guide to the Motor Car, 10th edition, published 1910
The Genealogist's Pocket Library, 8 volumes, published 1908-1910
The Great North Road, published 1922
The History of Work and Wages, published 1894
The Northern Genealogist, quarterly journals 1895-1903
The Slang Dictionary, published 1865
The Universal Pocket Companion, published 1741
Thoyts' How to Decipher and Study Old Documents, published 1903
Turnpike Road Statutes, published 1828
Waters' Parish Registers in England, published 1883
Williams's Principles and Practices of the Baptists, published 1879
Wright's Court-Hand Restored, or the Student's Assistant in Reading Old Deeds, Charters, Records etc., published 1912
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