Family History

Delve into your Family History to get an accurate Family Tree!

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, which makes researching our family history one of the most popular past-times around. Family history is, of course, the backbone of any family tree, and you are going to have to do a lot of delving into your own family history if you want to create an accurate family tree.

If you don't have much information about a family member, but you know their name, you can start by doing searches to find out when they:

· were born or were christened,
· were married (if they did get married), and when they
· died.

There are various ways to get this information. If you have ever watched the hugely successful television series "Who do you think you are?" you will know that the most reliable way is to actually visit institutions and offices where these various records are held. But there are on-line resources that you can use as well. For example there is an excellent service that is provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that accesses genealogy records and resources from all over the world - and it's a free service. Got to www.familysearch.org

So, for example, if your grandfather was born in Britain, and you know his name, you type that in and ask for information either about his birth, marriage or death. I knew this information about my grandfather, and not only got confirmation of his birth year (from a British census), but also found information about his father I never knew, including his birth date and occupation (a naval schoolmaster).

There is something hugely exciting about discovering unknown details about your ancestors. However, be warned that on-line records are far from complete, and you will invariably find that you come up with a large number of blanks, even when you have reliable information relating to birthdays and birth places of some of your ancestors. This can be hugely frustrating. It is for this reason that anyone putting together a family tree needs to search in a range of different places, using as many reliable sources as possible, to piece together their family history.

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