How To Make Your Own Family Tree

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How To Make Your Own Family Tree

  1. 2. Starting out: <ul><li>This slide show shows how to make a family tree. </li></ul><ul><li>In this example the steps needed are shown as well as links to the suggested sites. </li></ul><ul><li>In all cases the low budget option has been taken. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Step 1 <ul><li>Collect information on all known living relatives and of those who have passed away since about 1900 (if possible). </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting this information is critical when trying to trace ancestors because it is not readily available from any other source owing to restrictions on data protection. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Step 2 <ul><li>Find out if any member of your family has written part of your family tree in the past – if at all possible get hold of this information. There is no sense in doing the work someone has done before. </li></ul><ul><li>If possible get hold of the .ged file for this tree. A .ged file has the information recorded in a way that can be read by all family tree software. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Step 3 <ul><li>Choose an internet site on which you can record you information – in the UK there are three good sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Genesreunited at http://www.genesreunited.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of using this site is £34.95 for 6 months as a Gold member (strongly recommended) (does not give access to the 1881 census but this is free on http://www.findmypast.com ) </li></ul><ul><li>Or £9.95 for 6 months (this fee does not give access to census and other data. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Step 3 <ul><li>Ancestry </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ancestry.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of using this site is £83.40 for 12 months or £107.40 for 12 months (this fee gives access to pre 1837 data. </li></ul><ul><li>Find my past </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.findmypast.com </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of using this site is £54.95 for 6 months or £89.95 for 12 months . </li></ul>
  6. 7. Step 4 <ul><li>Enter the known information onto your tree on the website. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to make information about living relatives secure by not allowing anyone to whom you give access to your tree a chance to see them. This is easily done in the my account section of your tree. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Step 5 <ul><li>Start to search for information about relatives who were alive in the periods covered by the census years 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 , 1881, 1891 and 1901. The 1911 census data is also available but is more expensive to view. </li></ul><ul><li>It is quite easy to track male relatives but finding out the maiden names of their wives is not a simple matter. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Step 5 continued <ul><li>To find the maiden names of wives you have three options: </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Look at links to the family member in the trees of other members and make a request to see their trees. It’s a long shot and my pay off in few cases. </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Look up marriages recorded on the website - http://www.familysearch.org (more on this later). </li></ul><ul><li>(3) In the end you may have to buy a copy of the relevant marriage certificate. More about this on the next slide. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Step 5 continued <ul><li>Past marriage certificates in the UK (1837 to present). </li></ul><ul><li>In England and Wales you can order these from http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ </li></ul><ul><li>They cost about £8 but you will need to know the record number which you can get from BMD records. It’s a tedious process and you will have to guess or know when the marriage took place at the start of your search. </li></ul><ul><li>In Scotland the records can be obtained from http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ </li></ul>
  10. 11. Step 6 <ul><li>You should now have the critical parts of your tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Records from before 1840 can be freely obtained from – </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.familysearch.org/ENG/search/frameset_search.asp </li></ul><ul><li>To use this site first enter the name of the known person and their date of birth. Search for their place of birth and parents names. </li></ul><ul><li>Then use the parents names to find the date and place of their marriage. </li></ul><ul><li>Guess the dates of birth of the parents to be about 20 years (+ or – 10 years) before the wedding date and locate their dates of birth. </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat this process until you cannot identify the person or there is no information recorded about them. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Making a chart of the tree. <ul><li>It is possible to print the tree form the genesreunited website but this is not a particularly good tree chart. </li></ul><ul><li>You can download a very good FREE ancestry record package at (Family Tree builder): </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.myheritage.com </li></ul><ul><li>You do not have to record you tree online – in fact you can only store 250 names on it unless you pay for using their site) </li></ul>
  12. 13. Back up <ul><li>Do not forget to back up your work at regular intervals – store it as a .ged file in a number of places so that it is not lost in the event of computer failure! </li></ul><ul><li>Note making a tree is very additive and will take up a lot of your time – be aware of the danger of allowing your life to be overtaken in the effort! </li></ul>

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