How many of us wonder if we are related to someone famous, whether we share some characteristics with our ancestors or whether those stories we have been told about Great Uncle Tom are really true?
Although it is not a new hobby, the number of people tracing their family tree has risen in recent years. We all have an innate need to know who we are, where we have come from and to pass on our family traditions to future generations.
Tracing our family history is also a way of studying history. By tracing our ancestors we find out what day-to-day life was like, which families were important in the community and what our towns and cities used to look like.
Whatever your motivation, tracing your family history can be very illuminating and rewarding. If you are embarking on this journey we have a number of useful resources for you to arm yourself with, such as The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, Paleography for Family and Local Historians and Latin for Local and Family Historians. Our award-winning books are invaluable to genealogists all over the world, so why not take a look at how our books can help you find your ancestors?