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Genealogy - Taking Up the Trail of Family History

February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 139

Beginning your family history research can uncover some truly inspiring and amazing stories and you can discover some truly heroic ancestors perhaps that you never even knew about. Beginning to research your family tree can be difficult, where do you start? How do you start? You can either venture onto the genealogy trail yourself or commission a family history researcher to start you off. All you will need to supply to the family history researcher is some basic facts about your relatives, noting down any important dates, places or events. This will help the family history researcher immensely as this information builds the foundations for the research.

If you decide to begin the research yourself, there are some excellent subscription websites available which provide a wealth of family history records to help you grow your family tree. Be aware however that all information you find online is not necessarily true or accurate. Always try to verify your information with an official Birth, Marriage or Death certificate before you move back another generation. This will prevent you going off on the wrong track and finding out several generations back that you are researching the wrong family. As your research progresses, you will be able to find more and more records about your ancestors, military, probate, trade, directories, immigration records and much more. It's really up to you to decide how in depth you want your research to be.

A professional family history researcher will be able to trace your ancestry back as many generations as you wish and there are some excellent genealogy research packages available. Some family history research services also design and build you a website to share and present your family history, or they can write a biography charting the lives of your ancestors, or perhaps, present your research in the form of a book.

It is important that when you start your research you have a plan. You need to ascertain what you want to find out, whether you want to research a particular ancestor, the maternal or paternal line or something else. It is important that you have a plan and you record the information as you go, making notes about which websites you have visited and what sources you have consulted. As your research progresses you will begin to gather a lot of paperwork; certificates, records, family record sheets so it is important that you are organised. Set up a filing system so you can file documents away and keep them all together for future reference. It may take you many weeks, months or years to research your family tree as far back as you can and in the process of doing so you will have amassed a huge amount of information. There are a variety of things you can do with this information; present it on a website, have it all bound in a book, placed on CD Rom or DVD, the opportunities are endless.

So, if you are interested in finding out about who your ancestors were and starting your family story, all you need to do is assemble some basic facts about your relatives as outlined above, choose a subscription website or if you prefer, commission a researcher to begin your family tree. You never know what you might find...

Aardvark Research and Web Studio is a small business offering family history research services to customers in the UK and beyond. We offer a free no obligation consultation and some excellent research packages. If you have already started your research we also offer a variety of family history presentation packages including websites, photo books, biographies and family tree books. For more information, please visit for further information.

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