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Starting family history research - please add tips

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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 14 Mar 2013 17:08

For caz.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 10 Apr 2013 21:09

Any more tips?

Susan10146857

Susan10146857 Report 11 Apr 2013 13:45

my tip would be.....don't always believe what family members tell you, they may have it wrong. Always check it out, which also goes for any website trees, there are many many on there that are copied and pasted by so many people that the have little or no resemblance to anyone's family. Beware of the tree collectors, by the end of it you may not be who you think you are :-D



Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 19 Nov 2013 20:16

Nudging

brigid

brigid Report 24 Nov 2013 09:37

diminutive names can be useful
I nearly missed finding my nana's baptism certificate because Charlotte was down as Lottie.
Diminutives are sometimes used on census if youput the persons Initial on search it works where jack is used for john ,but not for Billy as william
My scots grandma was known as Polly but was christened Mary ,her sister Peggy was actually Margaret ..i didn't know these were common diminutives .

I expected a name like Hircanus to be easy to find but on 1 census he was down as Cane .

Also if you're starting from family knowledge the relative may have been known by one name that seemingly has nothing to do with their christian name or middle name on records. so worth searching just surname + place /date of birth too

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 28 Nov 2013 20:50

For David.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 10 Mar 2014 16:26

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