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Starting your Family History ~ How Lancashire can help

Starting your Family History ~ How Lancashire can help






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  • Often when people decide to start to trace their family’s history, they may “jump in with both feet” and start looking for records with little idea of what to look for. This is perfectly understandable, such research provokes enthusiasm and can be exciting. The problem is that, without the right preparation, you may find yourself quickly “coming up against a brick wall” and becoming dispirited. You may also find, if you’ve started without preparation, that you end up having to go back “over the same territory” and redoing searches just make sure of thing.
  • At the top are listed the things you need collect. They may all sound similar, but it’s important to realise how information can vary from black and white to lots of shades of grey. So, when we talk about facts, we mean information about which you can be absolutely certain, and that’s usually only facts you find actually on official documents and certificates. We then move through family recollections and reminiscences which may contain varying amounts of accuracy to anecdotes, e.g. “your great uncle George was a spy in the war”. All are valuable to collect, should never be dismissed and may help in some way to help you find the right persons amongst the historic records. And, incidentally, if you discover in the records great uncle George was awarded a medal during the war, but there’s no citation to tell you why...he may well have been a spy!!At the bottom are the key details that you’ll need to navigate your way through the records, as they are usually arranged by one or other of these. Because the main sources of information are Civil Registration, the Census and Parish records, together with such things as trade directories, these are details you need to find people and distinguish the right person.

Starting your Family History ~ How Lancashire can help Starting your Family History ~ How Lancashire can help Presentation Transcript

  • Starting your FamilyHistory
  • with help from • Archives • Libraries • Museums in Lancashire
  • Before you start your research Gather information Find out what’s available Find out where to go Plan your research
  • Gather informationFacts, Recollections, Reminisce nces and Anecdotes Names, Dates, Locations and Occupations
  • Gather information Note all the dates and events you are certain of concerning your immediate family. Ask as many people in your family as possible for their recollections and make a separate note of what each person says, so that you can make comparisons. Beg and search for as many family records and memorabilia as possible. Show anything you find to your elderly relatives – particularly old family photographs. You may jog a whole stream of fresh memories Don’t despair if you can’t find out much. The minimum information you actually need to get started is your own place and date of birth.
  • Find out what’s available and where  Books  Online Guides  Ask a Librarian Join a Group
  • Where to Go ~ Online or Offline?Many records are now available online...BUT They may not be complete You may have to pay to view them You may need to double-check with Offline records It is unlikely that you will be able to complete your research just using online recordsMany records are still not available online... You may need to travel to view all the records you need You may need get used to using archives and libraries and their equipment It is unlikely that you will be able to complete your research just from records in your home town
  • Plan your research Stick to the plan Don’t get sidetracked Be systematic Make a note of absolutely everything
  • Offline sources
  • Lancashire Archives • Church Registers • Wills and Probate • Marriage Bonds • Tithes • Workhouses • Advice• 900 years of documents relating to peopleand places in Lancashire
  • Lancashire Libraries • Electoral Registers • Newspapers • Photographs • Directories • Old Maps • Advice• There are Community History librarieslocated in each of Lancashire’s twelvedistricts
  • Lancashire Museums • Working life • Military history • Photographs • Artefacts • Old Maps • Advice• We have thirteen museums, from a castleto a cottage to a country house thatilluminate the history of Lancashire’speople
  • Online sourcesOur Digital Library
  • We’ve paid so you don’t have to  Subscription websites  Access for free  In Archives and Libraries  On People’s Network PCs  And WiFi  some can also be used at home Free Access
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  • Lancashire online
  • Our Digital Library ~ Good Web Guide
  • All the resources shown canbe accessed through ourwebsite...
  • See our guide for more details
  • www.lancashire.gov.ukDigital Library Family History guide
  • Don’t own a computer? In our Libraries you can • Reserve a People’s Network PC • Any Library • Up to 2hrs a day • Internet Access • Free of charge
  • Not comfortable with technology? In our Libraries you’ll find • Bite-size courses Ask at your local • From absolute library beginners • Helpful staff • Tutored events • Free of charge
  • GetInvolved
  • Help us to catalogue, index, digiti ze and preserveOld Photographs Newspapers Documents
  • You can also catch up our news and interact with us online @lanchistory on Twitter
  • www.lancashire.gov.uk Volunteer