Your English Ancestry: A Guide for North Americans by Sherry Irvine. Ancestry, P.O. Box 476, Salt Lake City UT 84110-0476. 196 pg. paperback, c. 1993. $12.95 plus $3.50 p&h. To order call 1-800-ANCESTRY using MC/Visa/AmEx.

I was recently asked why I did not like this book and I could not remember specifically why. So I sat down to read the book again. I still don't know why my first impression had been negative because I now realize it is an excellent resource for those in North America researching English ancestry.

Sherry defines the limitations for the book as those researchers seeking ancestors since the middle of the 18th Century in England. Since that time period the use of Latin had ceased, the Gregorian calendar came into use, and Lord Hardwicke's Act standardized the recording of marriage information.

The records covered in the book include those available through the LDS Family History Library, printed records likely to be found in major libraries in North America, records gathered into a central location in England and records which have been indexed.

Topics covered include: civil registration, census records, lists and periodicals, church records, probate, civil records and occupation records. Throughout the book there are plenty of research strategies for getting the most out of each of these records.

The last chapter is a good reminder of what to do when you hit a roadblock, something that happens to us all. This is a book I can strongly recommend for all our members seeking ancestors in England.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.2 no.6, 1995