Genealogy for Beginners - Arthur J. WillisPhillimore, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, heavier so at the tips. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
3rd, revised, edition. [First Edition: Ernest Benn, 1955] From the cover: “THIS IS A NEW EDITION OF A CLASSIC. Many books have been written for the would-be genealogist, but none has equalled the success of Mr. Willis’s Genealogy for Beginners. Since it was first published, this readable little guide has introduced more ancestry-tracers to the subject than any other. Now completely up-dated, revised and re-set, the book in your hand is the best buy for the beginner of today.
Tracing your own family history and gradually constructing your own, unique, pedigree is an absorbing hobby, a never-ending personal detective investigation. This book tells you exactly how to set about it; how to collect information from living relatives; how to make full use of all the clues and traditions you already have; how and where to find written records; how, with luck, to build up a complete pedigree back to the late Middle Ages.
The growth in interest in genealogy has been phenomenal in recent years; the Society of Genealogists of London having doubled its membership in a decade and some twenty vigorous regional societies having sprung up throughout Britain, mainly in the mid-seventies. Mr. Willis can claim credit for much of that growth through the influence of this book. In addition, he has made a big contribution to the wealth of published source material available to searchers for British records. The publishers will gladly supply details of his other books on the subject — and those of many other authors — and will be pleased to put new genealogists in touch with the secretaries of any of the societies referred to above.
Ancestry-tracing is fun; it brings history to life and it gives a greater sense of personal identity. Our ancestors cease to be a vague concept and become real people, part of each of them living still, in us, their descendants. They may have been ordinary, may have been blue-blooded or famous, but whatever they were the search itself is rewarding and the satisfaction of knowing is permanent and a proper source of pride.”