If, like many Americans, you're curious about your English past, and wish to know what your village, town, or county was like many years ago, or have an overriding desire to uncover the everyday lives of your ancestors, then The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History is the perfect book, an unrivalled new guide to investigating how we used ...
If, like many Americans, you're curious about your English past, and wish to know what your village, town, or county was like many years ago, or have an overriding desire to uncover the everyday lives of your ancestors, then The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History is the perfect book, an unrivalled new guide to investigating how we used to live before we came to the United States. The last thirty years have seen a huge growth of interest in local and family history both as a subject for the general enthusiast and as an area of academic study. With over 2,000 entries The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History caters admirably to this growing popularity by providing detailed summaries of the latest knowledge in such fields as social, urban, agricultural, legal, family, and ecclesiastical history. It gives guidance on where to find and how to use documentary sources, suggests books and journals to help the reader in further research, and includes entries which explain terms which may puzzle beginners in the field. Covering a broad canvas, from prehistory to the present day, taking in the whole of the British Isles, the Companion paints a thorough picture of rural and urban life. There are entries on everything from bear-baiting and Morris dancing to aerial photography and the use of computers. Individuals included range from writers, historians, and social commentators to landscape designers and antiquarians (Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, Samuel Pepys, Capability' Brown, etc.), while institutions and organizations (HMSO, Armed Forces, trades unions, Inns of Court, etc.) are all fully covered. Cells and cellars combine with entries on cider and cinemas, foxhunting and framework knitting, to provide a invaluable compendium of information and advice for both the amateur and professional researcher, and a fascinating introduction to the subject for the general reader. Contributors... Malcolm Airs, Fellow Kellogg College, Oxford and Lecturer, University of Oxford John Beckett, Professor of English Regional History, University of Nottingham Anthony J. Camp, Director, Society of Genealogists Harold Fox, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Local History, University of Leicester Margaret Gelling, Honorary Reader, Birmingham University John L. Halstead, Lecturer, University of Sheffield David Hey (ed.) Ralph Houlbrook, Reader, Department of History, University of Reading Richard Hoyle, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Central Lancashire David Moody, Assistant District Librarian, East Lothian District Libraries D. Huw Owen, Keeper of Pictures and Maps, The National Library of Wales David Palliser, Chair of Medieval History, School of History, University of Hull Charles Phythian-Adams, Head of Department of English Local History, University of Leicester Nigel Ramsay, Curator, Department of Manuscripts, The British Library Brian Short, Senior Lecturer, School of Cultural and Community Studies, University of Sussex Joan Thirsk, former Reader, University of Oxford Kevin Whelen, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, and Visiting Scholar, Boston College
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