Everyone has their own family history that they would like to do a family search on. Reviewing a person's family history, starting that family search from the start or after years of lokking, and of course, pulling together all of those at key family historical documents helps us understand that family search better. Get to know these family members better through their unique family histories. So, you've got the bug, but what should you do next?
Starting your family search with a blank family tree enables you to record the ancestors in your family from whom you are directly descend. There are a number of free family tree templates
that are easy to fill in, try starting with yourself and then working your way backwards to your oldest known family ancestor. You'll soon start to build up lots of interesting ancestry facts through you're family search.
This is a golden age for starting that family search and getting into genealogy. There's not been an easier time (what with all the online ancestry tools now available) to start searching your family history. The world wide web has made millions of free genealogy records available to search from the comfort of your own own, from your phone to the local family history center, all helping provide you with access to family historians and family search records from around the world.
So how it is possible to conduct a family search? There are a lot of Family Records out there so someone must have pulled these all together?
Searching your family records and getting into the family histoy game was made possible due to the introduction of civil registration in England and Wales, in 1837. Since that time births, marriages and deaths have been registered centrally, and these indexes are available to search, througha number of online sites such as Ancestry, Findmypast and many more. You can also search google The National Archives in the UK and search through a number of actual genealogy records for free if you have the time. Dont forget that Free Genealogy has thousands of free genealogy sites so search through the site and see what you can find.
So you've started your family search, found a number of genealogy and family history records and you've discovered that no amount of research can replace hearing first-hand accounts from family memebers whose shared history you are trying to trace. There's a good chance that they will know all of the dates, time, places and names of your relatives that it might otherwise take months to find by searching alone. Discovering if these family tales are true is one of the joys of building your family tree so make sure to have fun.
If you're starting your family search then start with asking your family first of all and see where that takes you. Fill in your Free Family Tree Template as found on Free Genealogy and as a heads up, here are a few questions you may wish to start asking your family ancestor.
- Do you know their full name? Did they have a middle name or nickname that they preferred?
- What date did they die? What was the cause of their death? Where were they buried?
- Did they ever get married? If so, what was the name of their spouse? When and where did their spouse die?
- What date did they get married? Where did the marriage occur? Was this the only marriage for both parties?
- Do you know where did they live?
- Did they ever have any children? If so, what were their children's names?
- Did they keep their children?
- Did their children marry and where did or do they live? If they are deceased where and when did they die?
- What was their occupation? Where did they work? Did they serve in the military?
- Where and when were they born?
- What school or schools did they attend? Did they attend university?
- Were they a member of a religious community, or parish? Which religious denomination were they?
- Do you have any documentation of their life, such as birth, marriage or death certificates, their Will or other written records?
- Do you have any photographs or newspaper clippings of them? Do you know anything about their physical appearance or accent?
- Would any other relatives have further information, memories, or records relating to them?
Remeber, starting your family search at home doesn't simply mean speaking to close family members (or the not so close family members), but also taking a close look at all the family history contents of your home itself. Make sure to check all historic and old photographs, do you have any old family videos?, what about family letters and other heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation? There will be lots to talk about so make records and investiage everything.
If you're fortunate, there may also be birth, marriage and death certificates for family members, which will save you time spent searching and the cost of ordering copy certificates and again, make sure to copy all of this information down into your Free Family Tree template.
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