5 tips for historical research: from uncovering local history to plotting your family tree

Whether you’re tracing your family tree, writing a historical novel or book, or taking on a personal research project to uncover an unfamiliar historical idea or period, you will need to conduct some research to further your knowledge and understanding. Here, Dean Blackburn, a lecturer in modern history at the University of Nottingham, offers some useful tips for amateur historians to help to make the research process as efficient and rewarding as possible.