A. Start with our Main Family Tree Index by checking the 'surname List' and 'Name Index' from the side menu bar on that page. Optionally from there, you may also wish to explore the two sides of our genealogy family tree which presents the data in a different format and includes pedigree charts for each family group.
B. Check the ‘Family History’ Pages for family history, links to documents, photos, other relevant websites and other source information such as the 'BDM Certificate' transcriptions and 'Other BDM' sources (mainly Stickler & Russ) and three Baglin Excel tables compiled by John Parsons (there are a few errors in these tables so they are not proof but they can still be useful in research); links to these tables can be found near the bottom of the Baglin's Family History page.
C. Check the Family Photo Albums - Includes Family Documents and it’s own comprehensive 'Search' facility.
Also use these research tools and links below: -
Ancestry.co.uk - For a small annual fee this website gives you access to the census records and other genealogy resource material including BMD (Birth, Marriage and Death) Records, 1911 Census Records and Military Records.
GenForum & Genes Reunited - If you are interested in genealogy you may also wish to try Genes Reunited, and GenForum which not only are excellent family research tools but they also include chat rooms and many other useful features.
Credits - includes acknowledgments and dedications to the many people who have contributed to this web site.
Familypedia - Like Wikipedia but specifically for Genealogy where you can Search for Individuals Surnames; and if you wish create your own Articles on Individual Ancestors.
How-To Research Your Family Tree Quick Guide
I often get asked “how do you start researching your family tree”. It’s a subject beyond the scope of this article but below are 10 quick tips that may help you on your way to becoming a genealogist.
1. Start with you and your immediate family and wright down all you know, going back as far as you can remember e.g. parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and their families; including a short synopsis of any interesting family history.
2. Speak to family members, including your cousins and great aunts and uncles, asking them for names, event dates e.g. BMD (births, marriages and deaths), name places and a bit about their family history. Make a note of everything you learn.
3. Hopefully, by this time you will have at least one relative born before 1911, if so subscribe to Ancestory.co.uk to gain access to a wealth of information including all the Census records going back 1841 and BMD records.
4. Now you are set to start recording all the newly gained wealth into a genealogy database. You could do this solely on line by using sites such Genes Reunited or Familypedia etc. but my experience is that you can all too easily tie yourself into a community website. It’s much better to keep your primary family tree database on your computer where you have full control over it, and if you want to use sites like Genes Reunited just periodically upload your latest family tree to the website. To do this you need a good family tree program such as Family Tree Maker or Roots Magic; for which I’ve written a review article ‘Best Family Tree Software’ which you may find useful.
5. Family tree programs allow you to add media files including photos and documents, which is fine except that if at any time you need to recreate your tree from a back-up GedCom file these will be lost and only the family tree data will be recreated. Therefore keep an organised back-up of any family photos, scanned documents and text documents.
6. To expand upon your family research, in conjunction with the census and BDM records also check out existing family trees online and family tree websites such as Nathanville. However, be wary that existing family trees on the web are only as good as the researcher behind them e.g. some researchers make too many assumptions without properly cross checking their data with prime sources such as the census records, albeit even census records are sometimes transcribed with errors. Therefore family trees online, although maybe a good reference source as a guide they should not be taken as absolute and any information obtained from them should be earmarked for future verification by you.
7. Having built up an extensive family tree from your research you should make regular quality checks to look for transcription and typing errors you’ve made or for obvious nonsensical mistakes that you hadn’t previously noticed e.g. father born after he married; error checks that Roots Magic is particularly good at reporting on to enable you to check and correct them.
8. By this time you should be in a position to consolidate your research by searching Google and other data sources e.g. old newspapers, wills and other historic documents to fill in some of the gaps in your data and to start building up your family history. It’s the family history that adds the flesh to the bones of your family tree; to bring it to life.
9. Start compiling your research to combine pedigree trees with family history and photos so that you can print or publish your research as a comprehensive family history booklet to pass to other relatives and future generations.
10. To further your research publishing your family tree and family history to the web, whether it be through a community website or your own website, making it open for public view (rather than private) will with the aid of Google help other fellow researchers find you so that you can exchange information with them to your mutual benefit. Although when publishing a family tree and your family history publically personal information on living people should be made private, unless you have their expressed consent to publish them on your tree.
This page was last updated on Thursday, 3 November, 2016