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  1. How to start tracing your family history

    Most people are interested in some way about their family history, but to the uninitiated knowing where to begin can be difficult.

    Always start by talking to elder family members, who may be able to remember details back to the nineteenth century.  If they are vague on dates, ask about what time of year they remember particular events, which can help jog memories.

    From there, either progress to General Registration records of birth, marriage and death, or if possible, to the 1911 census.  There is currently a one hundred year confidentiality ruling regarding census access, so the returns of 1911 are the most recently available to the public.  Once a family has been found within census records, it should be possible to trace backwards using BMD certificates and census returns, back until 1841, which was the first census enumerated.

    Hit a brick wall with your research? Not sure where to start?  Why not contact us for a free quote to investigate your genealogy.

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