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General Guides

Dr Alan Macfarlane, A Guide to English Historical Records (1983)

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (Oxford University Press, 1998 )

Record Repositories in Great Britain (Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts/Public Record Office, 1999)

Michelle Cale, Law and Society (Public Record Office, 1996)

Mary Ellis, Using Manorial Records (Public Record Office, 1997)

J T Smith and E M Yeats, On the Dating of English Houses (Field Studies Council, 1980)

Eydale and Barrett, Discovering Your Old House (Shire Publications Ltd, 1991)

Anthony Quiney, The Traditional Buildings of England (Thames and Hudson, 1992)

David Hey, Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Domesday

Books by Tom Arkell

Tom Arkell 'Cornwall's Hearth Tax Lists' in Cornwall Association of Local Historians' Journal (no.28, 1994)

K Schurer and T Arkell eds 'Printed Instructions for Administering the Hearth Tax' in Surveying the People (Local Population Studies 1992)

Tom Arkell 'Assessing the Reliability of the Warwickshire Hearth Tax Returns of 1662-74' in Warwickshire History (vol.6, 1986-7)

Tom Arkell 'The Incidence of Poverty in England in the later 17th century' in Social History (vol.12. 1987)

Tom Arkell 'Multiplying Factors for Estimating Population Totals from the Hearth Tax' in Local Population Studies (no.28, 1982)

Tom Arkell and other members of the Penwith Local History Group have also written about the Hearth tax and probate records of west Cornwall in West Penwith at the time of Charles II. This book is beautifully illustrated and is still available for £8 including postage from Mrs G Green, Treverven Cottage, St Buryan, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 6DL, with cheques made out to 'Penwith Local History Group'.

Military records

Military Survey of Gloucestershire, 1522 (1993)

Dr Alan Macfarlane, A Guide to English Historical Records (1983)

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Record Repositories in Great Britain (Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts/Public Record Office, 1999)

Michelle Cale, Law and Society (Public Record Office, 1996)

Mary Ellis, Using Manorial Records (Public Record Office, 1997)

J T Smith and E M Yeats, On the Dating of English Houses (Field Studies Council, 1980)

Eydale and Barrett, Discovering Your Old House (Shire Publications Ltd, 1991)

Anthony Quiney, The Traditional Buildings of England (Thames and Hudson, 1992)

David Hey, Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Church records

Books by Professor Richard Helmholz
Fundamentals of Property Law (1999) (with Barlow Burke and Ann M Burkhart)

The Spirit of Classical Canon Law (1996)

Canon Law in Protestant Lands (1992) (editor and contributor)

Roman Canon Law in Reformation England (1990)

Canon Law and the Law of England (1987)

Canon Law and English Common Law (1983)

Marriage Litigation in Medieval England (1974)

Books by Jane Cox
Tracing your Ancestors in the Public Record Office, HMSO 1981

Shakespeare in the Public Records (co-authored), HMSO, 1984

Domesday Exhibition Guide, 1986

A Singular Marriage, an edition of Ramsay MacDonald’s love letters, Harrap, 1988

The Nations’s Memory, a pictorial guide to the Public Record Office, HMSO 1988

A Tale of Two Cities, catalogue for French Revolution exhibtion, 1989

Hatred Pursued beyond the Grave, tales from the London church courts, HMSO,1993

Never been Here before? A first time guide to the Public Records (Phillimore Prize), PRO,1993

Affection defying the Power of Death, a guide to wills, Federation of Family History Societies, 1993

London’s East End, Wiedenfeld and Nicholson, 1994, paper back 1997

God and Man in ‘Appy ‘Ampstead, the people of Christ Church Hampstead Square (yet to be published)

New to Kew, an introduction to the Public Record Office, PRO, 1997

Never been Here before? A guide to the Family Records Centre, PRO, 1998

Monthly articles in Family History Monthly since 1995

History of St Dunstan’s Church, Stepney (at time of broadcast this was being researched for publication 2001)

If you are interested in finding out more about OU courses linked to these subjects visit the the OU course listings page.

 

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