It’s a project that some of us had to do at school – build your family tree. Except that back then it consisted of thinking about siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. But what if you would like to go back further in history in order to cast the net wider?
Genealogy has become a popular topic in the past few years, and there are now websites dedicated to helping you both build your family tree and find long lost family members.
To help along the way, the sites also have records that you can search and use, for example the census and electoral rolls or birth, marriage and death certificate logs. The websites will also automatically start looking through these records and will usually give you a notification if it thinks it has found something. If distant relatives have begun building their family tree, then some sites will link your tree with theirs to give you an even bigger picture of your family.
If you would like to read some more about the topic before you start for yourself, here are some more links for guidance:
- A Quick Guide from BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/familyhistory/family_trees/before_sta...
- Watch celebrities delve into their ancestry search on “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Unfortunately, at the moment there are no full episodes available to watch on iPlayer but there are lots of short clips available to give you a flavour from BBC.
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