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Links to Jonesey's Tip of the Day Threads & Others

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Kense Report 28 Jan 2013 10:20

Here is a list of useful threads including Jonesey’s Tips of the Day (with links) that came up in a search. They are not in any particular order. Some other useful tips threads are listed at the end of this post.

Also included are links to some other threads that answer FAQs and links to threads about genealogical sites and books.


Ask the family
Be nosey
Family stories
Record/Archive offices
Google and Bing
Fact or Fiction
Save that vital information
Searching for a birth record
Who married whom
View the original
How to find the missing
Finding the missing
Finding ancestors post 1911
The Will
Make use of wildcards
Use wildcards
Bibles and wills
Don’t get ripped off
Electoral registers
Think of the future
Adoption records
What's in a name
Renewal time


In addition to Jonesey's threads the following threads are useful:

Useful Books

Useful tips

Useful sites:

Tips for military research:

Information about censuses in England and Wales:

Alternate given names


DNA Threads

(Edited 26 Apr 2013, 7 May 2013, 24June 2013, 16 Dec 2013, 3 Oct 2016, 14 April 2017, 5 Mar 2018, 9 Jun 2020, 16 & 19 Dec 2021, 28 Jul 2023)


DazedConfused Report 28 Jan 2013 15:29

Fantastic - it will be easier to nudge this than to find the great Jonesy tips

They are all well worth reading and are so easy to understand.


Joy Report 28 Jan 2013 21:33

Like to put links to all the other tips threads, Ken? :)


Kense Report 28 Jan 2013 22:07

I would be prepared to add some tip threads to the OP subject to getting approval for it from Estelle and some consensus of what threads to add.

Certainly your Useful Sites thread would be a good candidate. One on GEDCOMs would be good, but which one?.


Joy Report 28 Jan 2013 22:30

There had been talk within GR months ago of there being some kind of Cyndislist.

There again, they could all go, as requested, into a tips board ;-)
" ... a suggestion I had put forward on 6 Sept 2012 at 09.25 following on from Joy Kentish Maid's suggestion as follows:

Also JoyKentishMaid suggested on the 25/8/12 at 08.37:

"There are many useful tips in the genealogy chat board, many by the ever helpful Jonesey. Please create a separate tips board for them."

I really feel that this is a suggestion that should be considered - for all of Jonesey's 'Tips of the Day' and Victor's offer of lookups to be placed at the top of the Board and Stickied for existing and new members to be able to locate quickly and then there would not be a need to keep 'nudging' them.

If Jonesey's 'Tips' would over fill the first page on the board then could they be in one stickied thread with links to the individual threads (obviously with a subject heading/indicator above each link).

I think that these would be 'quick wins' for the Team at GR and would benefit a large number of members of the GR Community."


JannieAnnie Report 29 Jan 2013 22:57



GlitterBaby Report 30 Jan 2013 20:44

Slightly puzzled as to why only threads by Jonesey have been picked out for this star treatment.

Has anyone bothered to check out all those links to make sure that the information given is actually up to date ?

Why not leave it to the Team to decide when or how they are going to set up another board first before some members jump in and show only a fraction of the many tip threads that can be found on the boards.


DazedConfused Report 21 Mar 2013 19:33

Glitterbaby - whilst there are many other threads on here which give really good and invaluable advice, Jonesey's thread are all great. Easy to understand, some on here do get a bit too techie at times.

So for any new members a quick look at Jonesy's tips will give good solid advice to start with.


Sharon Report 5 Apr 2013 14:31

As a very new (active) member of this site I just wanted to say thank you for this post. It has been very useful as I am at an early stage of starting research to check out the 'family rumours' and was getting a bit stuck of what to do next.


SylviaInCanada Report 17 Apr 2013 21:37

For GR to see .............................


Kense Report 7 May 2013 18:52

26 April 2013 Added a few other useful threads to Jonesey's list.
7 May 2013 Added Jonesey's latest tip "Whats in a Name.

Christine in Yorkshire

Christine in Yorkshire Report 20 May 2013 22:08

Saving for later reading - thank you :)


Lorraine Report 31 May 2013 00:13

mmm i just tried posting but wouldn't let me as ''apparently'' i had more than 50 words then i narrowed it down it still didn't let me but have noticed there's a lot more words on some of these posts.


Kense Report 24 Jun 2013 14:44

24 June 2013 Added Jonesey's new tip "Renewal Time"


DazedConfused Report 26 Jun 2013 13:02

Jonesey is a treasure - his (I am assuming a he) tips are great for newbies and great reminders for the more experienced.

Keep up the good work

And thankyou KenSe for collating them all together.

A treasure trove of truly useful and practical information, well written, concise and no techie talk. Very easy to understand.



Kense Report 16 Dec 2013 08:04

16 December 2013: added link to thread of alternate given names, a summary of the names in the thread has been included by BeauBear.


Cynthia Report 4 Apr 2014 11:17

Remembering dear Jonesey....on the day of his funeral. Thank you for all the help you have given to so many people over the years. You are missed so much. <3 <3


cane Report 24 Apr 2014 08:20

<3 <3 R I P Dear jonessey <3 <3


cane Report 25 Apr 2014 08:39

....Thank you for putting it on kenSE


cane Report 15 Jul 2016 14:22

Thank you Jonesy <3 <3 <3