Favourite Book(s) #9 – Family History Nuts and Bolts: Family Reconstruction Techniques by Andrew Todd

Even for those of us conducting a large One-Name study, family reconstruction, is possible and especially so in the internet era. This is a book that I recommend in the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course

I have always researched collateral lines, as that adds extra depth to our genealogical pursuits and does give context to our research. I have always drafted quick pencil drawn trees whilst researching, it is the way that my brain works and means that I can quickly spot where I have a gap in the research, perhaps caused by migration to another part of the Country or emigration to another Country entirely.

The concept of a One-Name study is that everyone with one surname is collected. Not all Guild members reconstruct families and whilst I do reconstruct families I am not likely to reconstruct all the families of all the individuals in my One-Name Study because quite simply there won’t be time in my lifetime to achieve it.

The book does give insight to the different levels of reconstruction, from reconstruction of one family using one dataset, through a whole host of reconstruction with the final stage being reconstruction of every family bearing a surname – this of course is achievable if the surname is a small study.

Glancing through the list of reconstruction given in the book from stages 1-10, I have probably covered, at least in some part levels 1-9 at some point.

(edited April 2018 – available from Amazon and this link is provided as a courtesy to readers, I am not linked to the author & publisher and do not receive any financial incentive by providing this link.)

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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4 Responses to Favourite Book(s) #9 – Family History Nuts and Bolts: Family Reconstruction Techniques by Andrew Todd

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I’ve just been on line looking for this – couldn’t believe how much it costs via abebooks – £129!
    Amazon have a much more acceptable price so though I don’t like buying from them, thats the best option.
    Registered ONS: Heenan


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