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  • 1.  
  • 2. Starting out:
    • This slide show shows how to make a family tree.
    • In this example the steps needed are shown as well as links to the suggested sites.
    • In all cases the low budget option has been taken.
  • 3. Step 1
    • Collect information on all known living relatives and of those who have passed away since about 1900 (if possible).
    • 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.
  • 4. Step 2
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 5. Step 3
    • Choose an internet site on which you can record you information – in the UK there are three good sites.
    • Genesreunited at http:// www.genesreunited.co.uk
    • 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 )
    • Or £9.95 for 6 months (this fee does not give access to census and other data.
  • 6. Step 3
    • Ancestry
    • http:// www.ancestry.co.uk
    • 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.
    • Find my past
    • http:// www.findmypast.com
    • The cost of using this site is £54.95 for 6 months or £89.95 for 12 months .
  • 7. Step 4
    • Enter the known information onto your tree on the website.
    • 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.
  • 8. Step 5
    • 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.
    • It is quite easy to track male relatives but finding out the maiden names of their wives is not a simple matter.
  • 9. Step 5 continued
    • To find the maiden names of wives you have three options:
    • (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.
    • (2) Look up marriages recorded on the website - http:// www.familysearch.org (more on this later).
    • (3) In the end you may have to buy a copy of the relevant marriage certificate. More about this on the next slide.
  • 10. Step 5 continued
    • Past marriage certificates in the UK (1837 to present).
    • In England and Wales you can order these from http:// www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content /
    • They cost about £7 but you will need to know the record number which you can get from BMD records.
    • Good information for this purpose is available on FREE BMD site http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
    • In Scotland the records can be obtained from http:// www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk /
  • 11. Step 6
    • You should now have the critical parts of your tree.
    • Records from before 1840 can be freely obtained from –
    • http:// www.familysearch.org/ENG/search/frameset_search.asp
    • 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.
    • Then use the parents names to find the date and place of their marriage.
    • 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.
    • Repeat this process until you cannot identify the person or there is no information recorded about them.
  • 12. Step 7
    • Use the BMD site to work out dates of death for as many people as possible. Details for those who died after 1837 are available on http://www.freebmd.org.uk/
  • 13. Making a chart of the tree.
    • It is possible to print the tree form the genesreunited website but this is not a particularly good tree chart.
    • You can download a very good FREE ancestry record package at (Family Tree builder):
    • http:// www.myheritage.com
    • 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)
  • 14. Back up
    • 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!
    • 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!