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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Tracing living relatives - discussion thread
« on: Wednesday 04 March 09 17:48 GMT (UK)  »
Hey - well the important thing is to give as much information as you can (like where they lived and when, occupation, names , BMD dates etc) but be careful about sensitive information, especially as there may be other living relatives looking them up.
I checked on for Gomersall in Barnsley and there are only 170 results for ALL births, marriages and deaths (Gomersall) in Barnsley between 1850 and 1932. This is a tiny amount so is a good starting point (unfortunately they don't have earlier than 1850 transcribed).
If you know their forenames and when they were there, you may well find them on this list. If you do, the list will give you a GRO number so that you can order their birth/marriage/death certificates. (Marriage certs are good ones to look up as you can be more certain that you have the right person as TWO names are involved).

Hope this helps?

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Searching American Ancestors
« on: Wednesday 04 March 09 12:08 GMT (UK)  »
Wow! that was quick - thanks a mill  :)

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Tracing Living Relatives
« on: Wednesday 04 March 09 11:52 GMT (UK)  »
Further to what some people have already mentioned, it is definitely worth simply Googling the name. After going down all the usual routes, I Googled my G-G-Grandfather's name out of frustration! The first link sent me straight to this website (Rootschat) where I found my (previously unknown) third cousin searching for my side of the family! I know I was very lucky but geneology is becoming a very popular hobby and so you never know who else is tracing your family tree  :D

Family History Beginners Board / Searching American Ancestors
« on: Wednesday 04 March 09 11:48 GMT (UK)  »
Can anybody help me with recommending websites that would help me search for ancestors in the USA? There seem to be so many and many of them seem to be incomplete. Of course, I would prefer to use a free site but if there is a subscription site that is reliable then I would pay. The states of Indiana and Ohio are of particular interest to me. Thanks in advance.  :)

The Common Room / Re: Family Mystery
« on: Tuesday 03 March 09 21:52 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Karen,

This may come as a surprise to you - have a seat!

Today was the first day of my new hobby - tracing my family tree.

After a few hours of unreasonably expecting instant results using Geneology websites, I decided to just put a name into Google to see what happened.

Well now wasn't I surprised to see a blog discussing my Great-Great-Grandparents?

My name is Heather Mills and I live in Manchester, England. Nellie Beard was my Great-Grandmother. Her daughter Edna, my Great-Aunt, sadly died about 10 years ago but her daughter Dorothy, my Nanna, is alive and well at the grand age of 90 (it was her birthday in November) and also living in Manchester.

It seems that we are related!

It looks like I can help you unravel some of the mystery (I'm sorry to say that there are no millions in this family in spite of my unfortunate name-sake  :))

I look forward to hearing from you,


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