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Heather Report 27 Sep 2009 10:58

When you first start, do read the information on the home page to help you.

Use the search box to find info on particular subjects that may have been discussed several times on here.

Use the quick search box at the top of the page to see if your family members are already on someone elses tree

Remember to work backwards from solid facts that you know.

People are very happy to help but please give ALL the details you have as kind souls can be a bit upset if they have spent time and sometimes money finding info only to be told, "yes I knew that".

Please post on one board at a time.

You will NOT get a notification you have replies. SO hang around for a while and check back.

If you are going to add extra info or reply to a query, click on your thread and then add reply and enter the new info in the box. Please dont send a reply by private message as some of us are answering several queries at the same time and just sending a note saying 'James was born in Yorkshire' will not mean anything to us. Add it to your thread and then everyone will see the update and be able to follow it up.

Remember that the facts that are clear to you are unknown to those trying to help. Give names, dates, places and events - everything you can to help them help you. Make sure the ones you give are accurate.

Dont trust family memories. Uncle Fred may have been baptised Joe and he was a foreman at the factory, not the factory owner!

If you are going to do a lot of research, get an ancestry sub - it will give you all census info from 1901-1841, the full bmd index and lots more for one annual sub or monthly payment - you can even get a two weeks free trial. Finding the information yourself is such a buzz.

Update, ancestry now has a lot of wonderful London Metropolitan Archives births, burials and marriages with images.

The 1881 census is free on both ancestry and

Remember that women did get pregnant before they married even in Victorian times and couples did live together without marrying.

Use for births, deaths and marriages but remember it isnt complete as its being transcribed for us by volunteers. If you dont find a bmd on there, look at ancestrys complete index. The entries will give the GRO ref - the quarter, year, registration district, volume and page number of the event. You need that reference to buy the certificate. You will need certificates for the additional information to further your research.

When you are searching for a marriage and dont find it when you expect, go several years after the birth of the kids (Ive had marriages 2 decades after the kids were born).

Order certificates only from the following site cost £7 - do not use similar sounding sites which charge up to £50 for a certificate!!!! You WILL need to buy certificates to research your family

Please say please. I have to say Im surprised how some people having been given some good info dont even thank the submitter and then ask a further question with no thought of saying please. Its rude and quite understandably it tends to put people off helping further or again.

Get a good family tree program to enter all your info on as you get it as 6 months later something that doesnt seem to fit now will be just the bit you need to finish one bit of the jigsaw. GRs tree is not a good one, get one on your computer that you can back up to cd and the internet so that you wont lose all your information if you have a puter crash.

Record the source of the information that you add to your tree program.

Use (the mormon LDS site) for pre 1837 bmd - 1837 is the date when registration started and certificates were given - but registration was not compulsory until 1875. The IGI is far from complete and some of the information is submitted by members and can be wildly inaccurate. For pre 1837 bmd ultimately you have to trawl the parish registers for accurate information. There are other sites on the internet which have SOME parish records and there are Online Parish Clerks for some areas who will do look ups.

Remember that census info is often not strictly accurate - that years of birth may change or names be spelt differently - it depends on who gave the info, the enumerator hearing the info correctly and then the guys back at the office transcribing it on to further sheets - which are the census images we see. On top of that we have ancestry's staff doing their best with sometimes dreadful originals to work from. So if someone gives you info which doesnt seem absolutely right, dont dismiss it immediately.

Google for everything you want information on, locations, dates, areas, names, other genealogical sites, occupations etc. You can learn a lot from google, you may even find someone with a family tree that fits with yours.

And read EVERY thread on here and on the Tips and Records Boards, not just your own, because you learn from other peoples queries


Potty Report 27 Sep 2009 16:40


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 27 Sep 2009 18:00

bookmarked :-)


Heather Report 6 Oct 2009 23:24


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 14 Oct 2009 21:14



Heather Report 20 Oct 2009 16:18



Jennifer Report 20 Oct 2009 16:58



brummiejan Report 20 Oct 2009 17:04

Have PM'd Jennifer to advise her about starting her own thread.


InspectorGreenPen Report 20 Oct 2009 19:04


Doesn't mean a thing to anyone outside London

PS, I'll delete after explanation has been added.....!

Jennifer, please delete too. Not the right forum for your enquiry.


Madmeg Report 20 Oct 2009 22:01


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Oct 2009 18:18



Heather Report 27 Oct 2009 13:11



Jacqueline Report 27 Oct 2009 13:17



Heather Report 29 Oct 2009 23:05


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Joy Kentish Maid Report 30 Oct 2009 22:13


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Joy Kentish Maid Report 4 Nov 2009 21:12


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Joy Kentish Maid Report 5 Nov 2009 18:21


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 6 Nov 2009 11:04

given a nudge for new readers.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 10 Nov 2009 10:24


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Nov 2009 22:30

For new readers