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goofygal
12-11-2008, 01:22 PM
I'd really like to do some research into our family tree in the new year but really no idea where to get started. Has anyone ever tried?

Skywatcher
12-11-2008, 02:02 PM
My folks have done it and have gotten back as far as the late 17th centuary so far, they used a variety of aids including online references and parish records.

Grammiepo
12-11-2008, 02:09 PM
I have and it has become a great hobby. My mom's to 16 hundreds, my dad's not so far only to 17's Indrian trouble. My ex husband's because of my children to the 16 hundreds and England. have a coat of arms and all that.

Shellyamc
12-11-2008, 07:35 PM
Dh and I just signed up at geni.com and it is a wonderful site!!! You put in the people you know (mom, dad, grandparents etc.) and then you invite more family by email and they imput the people they know and the site makes up your family tree for you! It really is amazing. I think we are up to over 200 people in just a few weeks. When you get down to cousins putting in their wife/husband it really branches out. That might be something to get you started. :p015:

Johnie
12-11-2008, 08:35 PM
On my maternal side, we're Hatfield on my maternal grandfather's side. We're written about A LOT. we're Miller on my maternal grandmother's side. One of my cousins has written a book about us. It's pretty cool. Alysia is mad since she is not mentioned in it. The book was published in 1989. She wasn't yet thought of.

On my dad's side,we know practically nothing. My grandparents came from Greece. Our last name was chopped in half. It is Angell now but was ...well there lies the problem. I can phonetically say it but we have no idea how to spell it. I'd like to know more about them but both grandparents are dead. My dad's eldest brother (or sister depending on whom you ask) wouldn't share any of the family effects with the others. She is now dead so we're at a dead end that way.

Jodie
12-11-2008, 08:45 PM
Gavin's mam and dad have done, their back maybe to the early 1800's. They use all sorts of internet sites but they seem to have more luck once they find someone living and make contact with them for more info.

Next year they are going to Australia and after it was booked they discovered a second cousin, or something like that, living there and are now visiting them for a couple of nights!

Thay did laugh when the cousin said he was in London in a few weeks and would they like the meet for coffee, just the 500 mile round trip then!

ukjay
12-11-2008, 08:49 PM
i wanted to do it but i have decided to do it when im older then i'll understand it a bit more.

kazzaqld
12-11-2008, 09:00 PM
I have been researching mine for about 14 years now.

I am back to the 1500s on some Dutch lines but on my DH's paternal line I can't even get out of New Zealand - HUGHES is such a popular name! :(

goofygal a good start is to get a program to input all the information you already know and all the information you're going to collect.

I use Legacy and I really like it - you can download a standard version for free from http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/DownloadLegacy.asp

What part of the world are your ancestors from and how much do you already know and I'll see what I can suggest for resources!

ukwdwnut
12-11-2008, 09:18 PM
i wouldnt know where to start to find out

Isafari
12-11-2008, 09:22 PM
i wouldnt know where to start to find out

I wouldn't either Mick. I so want to give it a go though. The last couple of months Mam was here, she started helping me with what she could but, I can only go back to the start of 1900's and all of the info on that I don't have. I only have names and rough ideas.
Unfortunately, there is no one left of the generation above me in our family to help!

Britchick
12-11-2008, 09:26 PM
my mum has done it on her parents side - i would like to do it on my dad;s side or dh's side- could be quite interesting

kazzaqld
12-11-2008, 09:36 PM
I wouldn't either Mick. I so want to give it a go though. The last couple of months Mam was here, she started helping me with what she could but, I can only go back to the start of 1900's and all of the info on that I don't have. I only have names and rough ideas.
Unfortunately, there is no one left of the generation above me in our family to help!


The 1911 UK Census is being progressively released next year - that might help! They will be starting with major urban areas first and smaller towns as they go on. It will be pay per view but I'll have a subscription; if anyone wants things looked up once it's out let me know!

The 1901 is online and free to search but there is a charge to download copies www.1901censusonline.com

If you are lucky enough to get back to 1881 it is free to search also

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp

(the 1880 US and 1881 Canadian census are also here!)

ukwdwnut
13-11-2008, 12:37 AM
I wouldn't either Mick. I so want to give it a go though. The last couple of months Mam was here, she started helping me with what she could but, I can only go back to the start of 1900's and all of the info on that I don't have. I only have names and rough ideas.
Unfortunately, there is no one left of the generation above me in our family to help!

i wouldnt even know how to get back that far diane lol

PsychoAlice
13-11-2008, 04:46 AM
Oh boy...well we started with looking up my grandfathers mothers maiden name (hanna...no h on the end...hanna) and it honestly kinda just fell from there...we have found that we are decendants from the mayflower (look up Pricilla mullins and read about the torrid story Longfellow wrote..there was a torrid love affair...IS THAT WHERE I GET IT?!?!) Then we traced further back to the 14th century when my family was still in Scotland...and we were banished to Ireland for playing both sides...damn cattle rustlers!! It has been a lot of work but man oh man has it been worth it!

In the recent death of my grandmother we have had a TON of family come out of the woodwork..I have a 2nd cousin once removed that is COMPLETLY my twin...the way we are related is our grandparents were siblings. THAT was spooky!!

Dawn
13-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Think my brother has traced our dad's line back a bit.

I wouldn't know where to start though. :unsure:

kazzaqld
13-11-2008, 08:49 AM
Always start with what you do know - ask your relatives for their recollections - even if it turns out later to be wrong/exaggerated it can sometimes give you a clue.

Start with your grandparents if you know them.

In the UK you are lucky to have very good census records but you may have to buy certificates to get you back to the census.

FreeBMD is a site where you can find birth marriage and death records to give you enough information to purchase the certificates.

http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl

For example, my grandfather Stanley HADLEY was born in 1903 in Kent -

So if I search for him in freebmd I get volume (1d) and page number (1212) to order his certificate from the General records office. English birth certificates should give name of father and maiden name of mother - so with that information you can then go and search for and order the marriage certificate of his parents. In England, this will include the names of the fathers of the bride and groom. With a bit of luck this will put you back far enough to go into the census.

If anyone wants me to help with their specific families and doesn't want to post here, I'm happy to help via PM

If you want me to stop boring you all let me know that too! :yes:
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Dawn
13-11-2008, 12:11 PM
OK this is my grandad

Bland Harry C Pescott Wandsworth 1d 921

What do I do now? :unsure:

PsychoAlice
13-11-2008, 03:04 PM
go to google...put that name in...see if anything comes up...

Isafari
13-11-2008, 04:53 PM
Thank you so much for all of the info Kazza :yes: I have put all of your links you mentioned into a family tree folder for when I start mine. I may get back to you for hints and tips too if that's ok.

kazzaqld
13-11-2008, 07:31 PM
To order the certificate go here

http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp

You'll need to register - and it costs 7 pound per certificate.

PA's suggestion to google the name is a good one - especially if it's a rare one.

Once you have a bit more info you can visit sites where other researchers have put up their trees - like

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi

or a good one for making contact with other researchers in the same area is

http://www.rootschat.com/

kazzaqld
13-11-2008, 07:34 PM
OK this is my grandad

Bland Harry C Pescott Wandsworth 1d 921

What do I do now? :unsure:

What year, Dawn?

Grammiepo
13-11-2008, 08:11 PM
we have a State library with a family tree center, none there, the library is always a good place to start, also town records.

Dawn
14-11-2008, 08:05 AM
What year, Dawn?

1916

kazzaqld
14-11-2008, 08:13 AM
Mmm ok - there's a few people researching Harry BLAND here

http://www.genesreunited.com.au/relations/search/results.aspx?relation_forename=harry&relation_surname=bland&qsearch=1

None in the area in 1916 but a few in 1915. You have to be subscribed to this site to post a msg - I can do that for you if any of them look promising.

Dawn
14-11-2008, 08:21 AM
I'm pretty sure that's my grandad. Wandsworth is the right location and the date is right. Curious though as I'm sure his name was Harold and Harry was just what he was known as. I know on his war medal letters his name is given as Harold.

I'll have to check with my dad and see what he says. I'd like to find out more though as my grandad was awarded the Military Medal during WW2 and he never told anyone what for.

kazzaqld
14-11-2008, 08:26 AM
I'm pretty sure that's my grandad. Wandsworth is the right location and the date is right. Curious though as I'm sure his name was Harold and Harry was just what he was known as. I know on his war medal letters his name is given as Harold.

I'll have to check with my dad and see what he says. I'd like to find out more though as my grandad was awarded the Military Medal during WW2 and he never told anyone what for.

Just because he's not on the genesreunited site doesn't mean you don't have the right one, it just means no-one else has advertised there that they are searching for him. But yes definitely check with your Dad and see what else he can tell you.

I keep saying I'm going to investigate my Dad's Dad who fought in ww2 in the British Army but I've never got around to it. I think one of my cousins has done it so I can ask how he went about it if you'd like! :p015:

Ursula
14-11-2008, 08:28 AM
My sister in Australia has done ours and has been able to go as far back as someone serving on Napoleons ship, but after that we're stuck.