Do You Have Royal Blood? Find Out With Our 5 Family Tree Books

Connect with your own family history with our fascinating genealogy books. Discover who your ancestors were, where your surname comes from and how you ended up where you are by researching your own family tree. But, if mapping out your ancestors seems like a daunting task and you don't know where to start or you've reached a dead-end and still want to know more, then our top 5 family tree books are here to help.

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1. Genealogy

  • £14.19

Helen Osborn

Professional genealogist Helen Osborn shows you how to track your family history through various methods based on the routes she's taken to research her own and her clients' family trees. Plus, she identifies common issues genealogists face and offers practical solutions, including how to find the most accurate documents. This book is perfect for both amateur and long-time genealogists looking for helpful advice from an expert in the field.

2. A Tree Without Roots

  • £9.49

Paul Crooks

Paul Crooks has written this brilliant book for people trying to find their Caribbean ancestors based on the struggles he had trying to map his own family tree and how he overcame them. Tracing his African slave ancestors led him on a different path to bring the stories of his long gone family members to light. In the process he uncovered records that had never been found by genealogists before. Discover the techniques used by the genealogist who refused to give up.

3. Organize Your Genealogy

  • £15.99

Drew Smith

This handy genealogy book takes you through all the research methods and software you need to make the most of your family tree project. Drew Smith gives you information on every part of the process, from how to plan a research trip to how to gather details from documents and archives. With checklists and worksheets to follow, this book has all the help you need to trace your family tree back for generations.


4. Understanding Documents for Genealogy & Local History

  • £19.89

Bruce Durie

This fascinating book is about the stage of family tree research where you think you've gone as far back as you can go and shows you that you can actually go a whole lot further. Bruce Durie's book specialises in how to make sense of old documents, even if they are in other languages like Latin or Scots. Plus, he teaches you how to understand the handwriting and spellings used in letters, records, deeds and wills of the past. Perfect for the more advanced genealogist, this book shows you can never go back too far to find your family.

5. A Dictionary of English Surnames

  • £10.89

PH Reaney

Explore the origins and history of 16,000 English surnames in this comprehensive dictionary which can be a great tool for tracking down the lives your ancestors would have led. Surnames have meanings related to career paths, personalities and more so this book can act as an interesting insight into your family history. Plus, Professor David Hey also advises you on how to locate where your surname originates from to give you more of an idea about your family's past.


If you still need more help tracking your ancestors, then check out our full range of family tree and genealogy books.