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U3 a genealogy jan 2013


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U3 a genealogy jan 2013

  1. 1. U3A Genealogy January 15th 2013
  2. 2. Look at Write down Talk to Plan your FamilyWhat you know Relatives Research Records START Discover Delve into What sources Ancestors available lives Other Keep effective sources records Births Wills Parish Marriages Censuses Records Deaths
  3. 3. Any of the folks in your ancestor’s “cluster” could have provided him withhousing, worked for him, asked him to witness a document or attended hisfuneral..
  4. 4. Welcome• Welcome• Blog update, have a look at:•• Stuff from me,• Bailey project• Stuff from you!
  5. 5. FindMyPastHave published thousands of new British Army service and pensionrecords, which provide incredibly rich information about your militaryancestors.The records contain soldiers attestation forms(completed when thesoldier joined the army) and discharge papers (filled in when the soldierleft the army) and youll usually find several pages of records for eachsoldier. They are working with The National Archives to bring you thesewonderful records.You can discover biographical information about your ancestors, as wellas crucial details about their service history. You can also find out whatyour ancestors looked like, as the records provide detailed physicaldescriptions of the soldiers, including any distinguishing features liketattoos or scars.
  6. 6. 25 Tips for the Family Historian• Travel backwards from the known to the unknown• Speak to the family, especially the older ones• Corroborate your evidence• Beware coincidences• Research your surname• Investigate your ancestors’ locality
  7. 7. 25 Tips for the Family Historian• File systematically• Back-up!• Scan, copy and share• Record your sources• Think – mistranscription• Re-check earlier records• Narrow the field
  8. 8. 25 Tips for the Family Historian• Less is more• Omitting the surname on searches• Research the database used• Try alternative sources• Keep up to date• Take a trial!• Beware of record restrictions
  9. 9. 25 Tips for the Family Historian• Check the originals• See free sources• Find distant kin• Surf savvy• When you need a professional• Source: Tom Stockdill; Family Tree magazine
  10. 10. The Bailey project• What have we got?• What have we achieved?• Who was actually involved?• What is required to finalise the project?• Have we learned anything?• Do we want to do any more “Bailey-type” projects?
  11. 11. Finally.........• Any other Brick Walls for the Group to look at?• Anything that you would like us to look at in future meetings?• Anything else you would like to say?