Emma Jolly's recent work includes articles on London parishes and records of British India for The Family and Local History Handbook 14 (2013) and on the Irish in London and the Irish in British India for The Irish Family and Local History Handbook 2 (2012), plus a featured article on the Forfeited Estates Commission in Simon Fowler's book, Family History: Digging Deeper (The History Press, 2012) - http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/Family-History-Digging-Deeper.aspx
Contributions to family history journals include:
- where to find sources on suffragette ancestors for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (October 2013)
- essential tips on finding your ancestors' missing details in birth, marriage and death record in Family Tree magazine (September 2013)
- review of Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India (OUP, 2013) in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (September 2013)
- 'Solutions to Census Pitfalls' in Family Tree magazine (August 2013)
- 'The Money Trail', an article on how a simple will transformed my research, in Family Tree magazine (July 2013)
- article on British Home Children in Discover Your Ancestors periodical (July 2013)
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- Expert Answer in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (June 2013)
- 'The British in India' in '10 Brick Walls: Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2013' for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (June 2013)
- Ask the Experts answer on a photograph of a mystery British girl in 1930s India for Your Family History magazine (March 2013)
- how to get the most from the census online for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (December 2012)
- a guide to researching theatre ancestors in Family Tree magazine (December 2012)
- Expert Answer in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (November 2012)
- an investigation into the role of children and young people in genealogy for the FGS Forum (Summer 2012)
- an article on researching nurses in the early years of the NHS for Your Family Tree (May 2012)
- a feature on female ancestors in local government for Family History Monthly (March 2012).
- an introduction to the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) and researching ancestors in British India in Family Tree magazine (November 2011).
- a history of royal weddings 1811-2011 for Your Family Tree (April 2011).
- an article in the FIBIS journal on Godfrey Evan Baker, the man who brought curry house-founder Dean Mahomet to Ireland (Autumn 2011).
- articles on the Forfeited Estates Commission and India Office Records material for the Genealogists' Magazine, the journal of the Society of Genealogists.
- Expert Answers in Your Family History magazine, including an investigation into ancestors abroad in the September 2011 issue.
- Article for London Historians on Charles Dickens and his connections with the modern borough of Camden (February 2011).
Emma was a regular contributor for the late Discover My Past., writing articles on various topics, including football ancestors, women
in WWI, lascars, and how to trace an ancestor's war service using the
resources of the five Imperial War Museums (IWM London, IWM Duxford,
HMS Belfast, IWM North and the Churchill War Rooms). Some of these articles are now available to read on the Genes Reunited website.
Emma has also written on the history of education, WWII evacuee experiences, women in lunatic asylums, Black Country ancestors, and several articles relating to the British in India and their records.
BLOGSEmma writes regularly about subjects relating to her family history research and work at the Genealogic Blog. This includes her series on London parishes whose records are not found on www.ancestry.co.uk
Emma also writes the blog for burial and cremation website, Deceased Online.
Guest blog for Kith and Kin Research on the first Indian MPs: Dadabhai Naoroji and Sir Mancherhee Bhownaggree (September 2011).
Guest blog for London Historians on London's first curry
house (September 2011).
Naming Napoleon: my blog on how exploring first names can give an insight into
Victorian world history (June 2011).
Guest blog http://abrahamadcock.com featuring my great great grandmother, Maria Pymer, and her employer
in 1871, the composer Frank Mori. Frank' father, Nicolas Mori, was also a
famous musician. Read more at the Abraham Adcock website (May 2011),
Guest blog for Madame Guillotine on the wedding of George V to Mary of Teck:
Review for the History Today blog (September 2010).
Guest blog for Addressing History on using Post Office directories to trace ancestors in lower social classes.
Emma's latest book, Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census was published by Pen & Sword Family History Books in September 2013 (ISBN: 9781781590614). It is available from the Pen & Sword website, Amazon and other local and online retailers.
Family Tree magazine (December 2013): "This is a one-stop-shop for census knowledge and know-how providing terrific tit-bits and pulling information resources together under one handy roof, while placing the records in historical context. This could well become a census 'bible' for family historians in years to come."
Who Do You Think You Are?
magazine (December 2013), Professor Edward Higgs: "This is a useful and well-written guide . . . Jolly knows her stuff, and draws upon a good range of primary and secondary resources . . . this is a guide that should be on the shelves of any serious family historian."
Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors was published by Pen and Sword Books in March 2012 (ISBN: 9781848845732).
ReviewsThe National Archives (UK) bookshop: "Invaluable background and research guide for anyone tracing ancestors in British India . . . " For further details, see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/bookshop/
The Journal of the Families in British India Society (FIBIS No 28, Autumn 2012): "The publication of this survey of all major record sources available for India-related genealogical research, and an inexpensive one at that, is certainly a notable event for FIBIS members. Its scope, moreover, is very wide covering not only the India Office Records but also sources in some other repositories such as The National Archives, and very usefully giving links to a large number of relevant websites."
Genealogists' Magazine (Society of Genealogists, December 2012): "Finding an ancestor with a potential link to India is an exciting and challenging prospect and this book will certainly aid any family historian wanting to discover more details."
Family Tree magazine (May 2012): "This new guide is an excellent introduction to researching ancestors in British India . . . With an in-depth look at the records available in the archives - from the Armed forces and civil service to railways and religion - this will be an essential handbook for all family historians tracing trails to British India."
Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (July 2012): "This impressive volume provides a detailed tour of the history and genealogical resources relating to British India . . . A detailed glossary and extensive bibliography add to the thoroughness and usefulness of the work, and the plentiful photographic illustrations contribute both atmosphere, and perhaps even a touch of nostalgia. This is a book that cannot fail to assist you in your search for your British Indian Ancestors."
Your Family Tree (June 2012): "A rich picture of colonial history . . . The book is packed with useful information both about the history of the British in India, back to the origins of the British East India Company in the early 17th century through to Independence and beyond. Read it for: A definitive guide to exploring British roots in India."
Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS): "I knew little about Indian research before reading this book. I now know a good deal more. My judgement is that, if you have ancestors who worked in India for a while, your research will greatly benefit by paying close attention to what Emma Jolly has to say. Thoroughly recommended." The full review can be read online at http://www.ffhs.org.uk/news/books.php
British GENES Blog: "A thoroughly solid and enjoyable read from start to finish, this provides both a definitive history for beginners and a comprehensive family history guide for all to the greatest asset of the former British Empire." The full review can be read online at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/tracing-your-british-indian-ancestors.html
Milner Genealogy Blog: "This well written research guide is a must for anyone seeking to explore their British Indian connections." http://www.milnergenealogy.com/?p=187
Emma's first book, Family History for Kids was published by Pymer Quantrill Publishing Ltd in 2007 (ISBN: 9780955757808).
Your Family Tree: "An excellent introduction to family history for children ... Many introductory books for adult genealogists could learn something from this"
Your Family Tree (December 2008): "Winner of the Beginner's Book of the Year 2008, Family History for Kids includes everything children need to know about discovering their family history
Children's Web Magazine: "The great thing is that it deals with explaining the whole history of a family. It gives a step by step approach to talking to people in your family about what they did for a living, what they ate then and comparing it to now." www.childrenswebmagazine.com/book%20review%206.htm
Times Educational Supplement: "Emma Jolly is a trained historian and works for her own genealogy company. She knows her stuff. As she herself says in the publisher's blurb, 'materials currently available don't give them (children) the practical, informative and up-to-date help they're looking for'. This book certainly does."