An essential guide for beginners and more experienced researchers tracing their roots in England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Commonly-used records and more unusual sources are suggested. Particular help is provided for researchers unable to visit the archives in person who must conduct their research by mail, the Internet or other means. There are chapters on subscribed/registered research, censuses, parish registers and transcripts, probate, other church records, poor laws, land records, military records, family history societies, heraldry and writing up research results. Maps of county boundaries, and Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey parishes are included, with the Chapman County Code, many current addresses, books for further reading, and a useful index.