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How long have most people been researching?
« on: Saturday 30 November 19 07:37 GMT (UK) »
I’ve only just started how long until I get a good family history?

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 30 November 19 07:48 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to RootsChat! ;D

Define "good" family history! ;)

If your family was based in England or Wales, and using BMD indexes and censuses, you should be able to get back to early 1800's.

As to how long it will take you: a subscription to Ancestry, FindMyPast, The Genealogist etc will help.
On the other hand, I have been researching for more than 40 years!
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 30 November 19 08:53 GMT (UK) »
Welcome from me too.

To add to what KGarrad has said. It all depends on how much time and money you are prepared to spend, also how thorough you are in double checking every little piece of your research.

If you find trees online that you think contain members of your family, don't copy the information without double checking the facts for yourself. There are many trees online that are full of misinformation, some have been copied so many that people think they must be true.

Good luck and happy hunting.

 
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COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
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HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 30 November 19 08:53 GMT (UK) »
Depends what you mean by "a good family history"?

These days with the help of the internet many if not most should be able to construct a pedigree back to the early 1800s by themselves within about a week, without copying other people's trees, (don't even consider looking a trees until you have complied your own) though the "first" 100+ years (from present to 1911) may prove troublesome to some.

However I would suggest a pedigree is not a family history, but rather the skeleton on which to build a family history.
From what I have been told and what my mother wrote in her diaries I started in about 1953 and have not yet complied a family history that satisfies me.
That is why genealogy is such an interesting subject it is never ending, with always something more to learn no matter how long one has been interested in it.

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 30 November 19 10:40 GMT (UK) »
I started in 2013 with my english ancestors from Cheshire. My German ancestors Tree is still on-going. My mother's name was anglicised to "Fisher" from Pfisterer. That was all I had to go on.

A few years ago I visited my great grandmother's home town. Her family house still stands in Kocherstetten, Baden-Württemberg.
Whitlow: Witton-cum-Twambrooks/Northwich
Bowers: Marthall, Siddington, Cheshire
Owen: Cheshire
Pfisterer (Fisher): West Riding Yks 1850-1875
Fisher (Pfisterer): Des Moines, Iowa 1886-
Wallis: West Riding Yks/Des Moines, Iowa, 1892-
Heinzmann: Hull/Northwich
Pfisterer, Heinzmann, Künzelsau, Baden-Württemberg
Brueck: Kocherstetten B-W
Volpp: Morsbach B-W
Schluchterer: Künzelsau, B-W

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 30 November 19 10:45 GMT (UK) »
Mine will (I hope) take forever. There is always more to learn - more records and resources becoming easily available all the time.

(20-ish years so far).
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 30 November 19 10:47 GMT (UK) »
I’ve only just started how long until I get a good family history?

That depends on how much time and money you are prepared to devote to your research. Most of us have been at it for many years, but the wealth of data now available online makes it a lot easier to get started now. Just be sure to check your sources carefully and ensure you are climbing the right tree.
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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 30 November 19 10:52 GMT (UK) »
Oh Dear!!!

How long is a piece of string?

I find out one piece of my puzzle....then have 8 more to tidy up!

Neverending story for me!
Berg - Uppsala, Sweden
Bissett - Scotland
Butler - Yorkshire
Butt - Dorset
Butterworth - Yorkshire
Cave - Somerset
Darby - Somerset
Grierson - Scotland
Kruger/Krueger - Prussia, Germany
Lecher - Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany
Levick - Nottinghamshire, UK
Molde - Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark/Germany
Oram - Wiltshire & Somerset, UK
Randell - Devon, UK
Savren - Dorset, UK
Weilbach - Denmark & South Africa
Williams - Cornwall, UK

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Re: How long have most people been researching?
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 30 November 19 11:42 GMT (UK) »
How long is a piece of string?

Why the rush??
Whitlow: Witton-cum-Twambrooks/Northwich
Bowers: Marthall, Siddington, Cheshire
Owen: Cheshire
Pfisterer (Fisher): West Riding Yks 1850-1875
Fisher (Pfisterer): Des Moines, Iowa 1886-
Wallis: West Riding Yks/Des Moines, Iowa, 1892-
Heinzmann: Hull/Northwich
Pfisterer, Heinzmann, Künzelsau, Baden-Württemberg
Brueck: Kocherstetten B-W
Volpp: Morsbach B-W
Schluchterer: Künzelsau, B-W