Publications

Discover English Census recordsDiscover English Census Records by Paul Milner (2015). Published in Australia by Unlock the Past and available as an e-book. Available in North America from Global Genealogy and in the UK from My History.

English census records are a fundamental source for English research, because it is the only source that clearly identifies all the members of a family unit in one record and puts them all together in one place at one time. In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why census records were created in 1801, and expanded to an every-name format in 1841, and following every ten years since. The book explains what the records look like, how they have evolved, and why they are one of the few records that place individuals into families. By following a case family through the different census years, Milner expands upon census records to show how to put the family physically on the ground, using maps.

Census research methods have changed drastically in the last few years as nationwide indexes have come online, often with attached images. This book also shows how to effectively use these different online databases and indexes. Here is a practical guide that not only will help the beginner avoid mistakes in climbing the family tree, but also provides depth and details to assist the experienced researcher.

Buried Treasure whats in the English parish chestBuried Treasure what’s in the English parish chest (2015) by Paul Milner. Published in Australia by Unlock the Past and available as an e-book. Available in North America from Global Genealogy and in the UK from My History.

Buried Treasures – What’s in the English Parish Chest examines all the records created by parish officials for the civil and religious administration of the English parish, except the baptism, marriage and burials records described so well in the companion volume – Discover English parish registers.

Records surviving in the parish chest will often solve your brick wall problems, including: “Where did my ancestor come from before here?” or “Who is the father of that illegitimate child?” In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why the records were created, how changing laws affected who was and was not included, what the records look like and what information they contain. After showing examples of numerous records, the guide explains how and where to access the records, (online, microfilm, originals or in print).

Here is a practical guide that will help family researchers solve their problems, and put them into historical context.  This small volume is full of material for both the beginner and the experienced researcher. It is a well-illustrated guide to the contents of the English parish chest that allows any researcher to go way beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers commonly used for parish research.

Discover English parish recordsDiscover English Parish Registers (2014) by Paul Milner. Published in Australia by Unlock the Past and available as an e-book. Available in North America from Global Genealogy and in the UK from My History.

This 52 page detailed guide explains how and why the records were created, beginning in 1538, what the records look like and what information they contain. A well-illustrated case study, with plenty of twists and turns, shows why care is needed to trace back in time form one generation to the next. The guide continues by explaining how and where to access the records, (online, microfilm, originals or in print) and concludes by explaining what to do when you can’t find your ancestors in the records.

This is a practical guide that will help the beginner to avoid mistakes in climbing the family tree, yet the depth and details are to assist the experienced researcher in understanding how to get the most from parish registers. This publication is a definitive guide to English parish registers that you will wish you had when you first started your research.

 

Genealogy at a Glance: English Genealogy Research

Genealogy at a Glance: English Genealogy Research (2012) by Paul Milner. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company

This laminated guide is designed to a quick reference guide that can be carried with you when you are researching. It provides a quick introduction to the background of English emigration records; examines the issues that will help you unlock your English research – specifically locations, surnames, paleography and dates. It then addresses the basic record sources – civil registration, parish registers, diocesan records, probate records and census returns. It concludes by highlighting supplementary sources and major online resources.

A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage by Paul Milner and Linda Jonas. Published by Betterway Books (2000). This 184 page volume is specifically designed for researchers residing outside England, but thoroughly explains the records and how to use them. Currently available as a pdf ebook from FamilyTreeMagazine

 

A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage by Paul Milner and Linda Jonas. This 225 page volume is specifically designed for researchers residing outside Scotland, but thoroughly explains the records and how to use them.  Published by Betterway Books (2002). Currently available as a pdf ebook from FamilyTreeMagazine