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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #9 on: Monday 08 July 19 00:51 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat, and the world of family history.
Some great advice above. I'd only add to talk to older family members, ask lots of questions of them, and get them to identify people in old photos. Let them ramble on if they start talking too, you'll never know what may come out that might prove helpful. If they are amenable, tape your conversations with them. And talk to cousins as well; it is surprising how different branches of a family know different things.
And yes, ask away on here. There are plenty of friendly folk to help you.
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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #10 on: Monday 08 July 19 03:20 BST (UK) »
I would add not to take any family stories as being factual - there may be an element of truth in them - or they may have been used to cover up something else.
Good luck with your search.
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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #11 on: Monday 08 July 19 09:04 BST (UK) »
Once you have the basic information, you need to work out how and where you are going to create the tree.  Recording to genealogy software helps to keep some order to your research.

See here for info on genealogy software http://www.rootschat.com/links/01o0y/

Most of the programs allow you to download a free tester, see how you get on recording your info before you decide to buy one. Personally,  I use rootsmagic which Iíve used since 2003í before that I used to record the tree by drawing it out in excel. I still do that if Iím not sure I have the the right family, before I put them on the genealogy software. You can make notes about each person if you wish and donít forget to add your source information... and any previous searches even if you found nothing.

Create folders on your pc to store your documents and photos in a logical order to you...

Hopefully, if you start off neatly you wonít get in a muddle, itís one of the biggest mistakes we all are make and very hard to catch up with once you have loads of information.

Ask on rootschat if you have any questions... there is no such thing as a silly question, we all started out once not having a clue what we were doing. 

You will be hooked before you know it  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #12 on: Monday 08 July 19 09:55 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat.

Excellent advice already given and I can't add much except to say that if your research takes you to Scotland please use www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ site. It costs very little to download the actual certificates.

I hope you enjoy your journey.

Dorrie
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Leslie, Fife
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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #13 on: Monday 08 July 19 10:20 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat & a different world (genealogy)  ;)

Plenty of good advice given but...

Record all info. from every document as it may also come in useful at a later date e.g.

Witnesses/Sponsors/Relationships/Addresses/Areas/Ages/Occupations & Arithmetic to work out circa dates of Birth/Marriage/Death as well as variants of surnames e.g. Brown/Browne/Broun & variants in forenames e.g. Margaret/Peggy

Good luck & enjoy the fabulous journey!

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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #14 on: Monday 08 July 19 11:07 BST (UK) »
I thought that all you had to do was type somebodyís name into Ancestry and it all mysteriously appeared!

Seriously, at the beginning, youíll likely feel very confused with all the records available but, as you progress, things will gradually get easier until you reach the point where the records start to run out (usually pre-1837 if your ancestors were commoners like mine).

Write everything down, donít believe anything you're told without checking it first and, if you're of a nervous disposition, be prepared for surprises.

Finally, donít be afraid to ask for help here.

Happy searching.

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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #15 on: Monday 08 July 19 11:28 BST (UK) »
Seriously, at the beginning, youíll likely feel very confused with all the records available but, as you progress, things will gradually get easier until you reach the point where the records start to run out (usually pre-1837 if your ancestors were commoners like mine).

Mine are commoners too, but there is still a wealth of information available pre-1837 if you use parish registers.
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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #16 on: Monday 08 July 19 11:40 BST (UK) »
Yes, in theory, but it can be hit and miss as the availability of some parish records can be patchy and you can never be sure you have the right parents (baptism records usually contain the names of the child and parents and marriages the couple marrying).

I didnít say impossible, simply ďconfusingĒ.

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Re: how do i start searching for family history and do a family tree.
« Reply #17 on: Monday 08 July 19 14:01 BST (UK) »
Of course if the names you are researching are Smith, Brown, Jones etc..... itís a little more challenging ;D
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