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My Ancestor Moved in England or Wales by Anthony J. Camp. Society of Genealogists 14 Charter House Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. Second revised edition 1994. £4.60

This book was first published in 1987 under the title My Ancestor was a Migrant. The book has been greatly expanded and revised.

The book is designed to help researchers seeking to find an ancestor's birth place, specifically prior to 1851. The author assumes that the researcher has exhausted the resources of the General Register Office after 1 July 1837, i.e., that the centralized birth, marriage and death records have been thoroughly researched. This in itself is not as easy to do in the US without spending a lot of time and money. It can be done relatively quickly and easy if you are planning a trip to Salt Lake City. It takes time elsewhere.

The book lays out where to look first, and includes some very familiar resources such as the IGI, Boyd's Marriage Index and local marriage indexes.

The value of the rest of this book is in providing clues and ideas on where to look next. The book is divided into sections, with each section having many subsections each providing ideas and clues for next steps. The major sections include: first considerations, later life, training and occupation, those needing a licence from Quarter Sessions, those needing a licence from a Bishop, local and central government employees, professions, army and navy, land ownership, court depositions, relief of the poor, religion, names, coats of arms, has work been done before, strays, local influences, and proving the connection. It concludes with the addresses of institutions mentioned in the text and an index.

This book is strongly recommended if you think, or know, that your ancestor moved in England or Wales.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.2 no.2, 1995