I am looking forward to some serious daily reading time in March. I figure I ought to be able to budget two hours a day. Among the books in the queue for March and April reading are:
Hilary Marshall. Paleography for Family and Local historians (Chichester, England: Phillimore, 2004) I’m always fascinated by unreadable writing
David Hey. How Our Ancestors Lived, a History of Life a Hundred Years Ago (Kew, England: The National Archives, 2002) Yes, I know I was reading this, but have fallen so far behind it looks like March reading now.
David Hey. The Oxford Guide to Family History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993,2002) This and the previous work by Hey are great for context. Not having lived in England in past centuries, this sort of background reading Hey is famous for, is an excellant source of context for my English ancestry.
W.E. Tate. The Parish Chest. (Chichester, England: Phillimore,2000 reprint edition) Last yearI started doing research on a lecture on the parish chest records for genealogy. I got stalled and its time to get back to that this summer, so I need some more reading– well maybe this will be for May.
One of my students just told me of a newish book on life in the part of Yorkshire my people lived in. So I’ll be digging that up this summer.
Context is so imprtant to becoming an effective researcher. What are you reading?