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Any useful tips for family researching...

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GHeather

GHeather Report 21 May 2013 16:58

Do you have any useful tips while doing family research... ? Maybe something you know that would be very helpful, perhaps no one knows, and not in any books ? Pass them on... thanks. :-D

BarneyKent

BarneyKent Report 21 May 2013 17:18

A few tips for those who are just starting:

Start with people born before 1911 - you can find them on the census.
Stay on the main branches for a start and don't get bogged down with the descendants of uncles, aunts, great uncles and aunts, etc. That can come later.

Remember you have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great-great grandparents, and so on......

You will not find them all so when you come to a brick wall, stop looking on that branch and go to another. You can always return.

I found 7 of my my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents fairly quickly when I started which I thought wonderful. Then I realised that I had 64 of them and so only had another 57 to find............................................

I have found more since and a few 5 x great and 6 x great, its just a matter of keep searching all avenues. Hope this gets you started but beware, genealogy is as addictive as nicotine. But much more satisfying.

GHeather

GHeather Report 21 May 2013 17:26

Thanks Staffyknot. :-D

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 21 May 2013 17:56

Google! not just for genealogy sites, but for local history groups, villages, towns, occupations, surnames , it is amazing what little treasures one can find :-) and don't forget 'images' also.

Pammy51

Pammy51 Report 21 May 2013 18:08

Always write down where you found your information in case you need to go back later to check.

Elizabeth2469049

Elizabeth2469049 Report 21 May 2013 18:21

When you are using the censuses, do look at the original and not just the summaries - the summaries don't give occupation, and the occupations add a whole new dimension - not least seeing how occupations run in families, or the breakaways. One of my remoter ancestors starts as a theological student, becomes a silk merchant, and late in life a Methodist minister back to his original vocation.

GHeather

GHeather Report 21 May 2013 19:15

Some very good tips coming in... thanks! :-D ;-) <3

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 21 May 2013 20:22

If looking for Scottish records, as they are so expensive to buy, use the Mormon site first then if/when you find what you want then you can get the cert. from S/people without ordering the wrong ones....I doesn't always work but can save bob or two sometimes.