The definitive handbook for anyone interested in tracing their family's past Firmly practical in its approach, yet entertaining in its style, this reference guide will be the indispensable companion for all who are seeking a reliable, one-source volume to use while tracking down their family origins. The book gives comprehensive guidance on the full variety of governmental, religious and more obscure records available to the family history sleuth. The guide also contains highly useful advice on how to expand and reinvigorate a search when the trail runs cold -- as it inevitably will. Tips on using the Internet as both a starting point and a supplement to more traditional searches are especially useful and timesaving. Author Anthony Adolph balances detailed instruction and guidance with humorous anecdotes and illuminating history lessons, ensuring an informative and entertaining read. In contrast to previous genealogy books, this guide is conscious of the multicultural background of contemporary Britain, and will be an essential tool for anyone whose ancestors came from outside of the UK. With a highly modern look and engaging style, this book should become the standard guide to amateur genalogy.