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Genealogy and History

Capturing the essences of a forgotten past

The search for ones ancestors involves many hours of research through census details, parish records, bishops transcripts of those registers, internet county genealogical lists, contacts with other `same name` researchers, foot slogging through overgrown cemeteries searching for clues to where ones ancestors are supposedly buried, a little bit of luck, hints and stories from our elders, and most importantly to remember the quotation “ One must never assume that which is incapable of proof”  Going off on the wrong track is all too easy to do, particularly with a name like mine - Roberts, and adequate proof of ones research can be at times more difficult to locate that the name itself.


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Genealogical research requires a combination of patience and persistence. Searching the Internet for information is just part of the process. Finding family may be as easy as inserting a name in an online search engine, but only by verifying that data can you be sure you have the right family. Successful research is best accomplished by working backwards one generation at a time, checking original sources such as vital records, census documents and other types of material in addition to Internet resources. Remember to record where you found the data so that you can find it again. Family history is fun and the Internet makes it so easy to get started.

In the following chapters I have attempted to provide some useful tools for delving into this fascinating subject called Family History and to hopefully provide the stepping stones to help you on your way.

How to start
 Tracing ancestry can be a very long and time-consuming process, so before launching into the project it is important to take some preliminary steps:
Decide which line of the family to trace. It is too easy to be sidetracked by coming across records of other branches of the family,ie; marriage lines,or unrelated families of the same name, and so waste time and effort. It is important to always work backwards from the known to the unknown, for example, father/mothers birth details to their father and mothers details and so on.
Gather as much information as possible from relatives, ie; names, dates, and places. Even when some of the information proves not to be accurate (hearsay), it can often provide useful clues or pointers in the right direction.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Talk to your parents,
      A.    Find out where they grew up, went to school, etc.
      B.    Birth & death dates of both mother and father, bible records?
      C.    Marriage date and location of marriage (might see if they have a copy)
      D.    Ask them about where their parents and grandparents if buried (location) exact location, town, village, city, country, name of cemetery.
      E.    Ask if any of your Aunts, Uncles or other relatives have previously done any genealogy research.
      F.    Find out who they know is their oldest living relative (then make plans to visit them and record your conversation with them)
            1.    Ask questions about what they know about the family
            2.    Ask where relatives are buried
            3.    Ask if they know any dates for birth, death, and marriage
            4.    Ask if they know any stories about the family
            5.    Ask if they know any other living relatives (visit them and do the same thing with them)
Scroll through to the next page where you will discover more usefull websites and lots of tips on locating the correct websites to assist you in getting a quick and sure start on going on your Family History journey.


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