Weighing in at 873 pages, this book has
- 30 chapters,
- 11 appendices,
- copious illustrations,
- a comprehensive bibliography (1342 sources!) arranged by chapter heading, and an
- extensive index
Herder uses examples from his own family history to elucidate the process of using the various types of records, with the illustrations providing samples of what one might expect to discover. The text is peppered with initialisms (such as GRO for General Register Office), which I was pleased to find included in the index. This volume won the [British] Library Association's prestigious McColvin Medal for an outstanding reference work.