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Naomi Leon
Research your family history using cemetery records

HOW TO RESEARCH ANCESTORS’ GRAVES

I recently spent a sunny afternoon with a local history group transcribing graves in a village churchyard. It reminded what an amazing and sometimes unexpected resource gravestones can be for tracing your family history. Cemeteries are living lessons in history, sometimes telling us as much about the people who buried the dead as the person...
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Jewish genealogy specialists

HOW TO BEGIN RESEARCHING YOUR JEWISH ANCESTRY

Several years ago when I began researching my own Jewish ancestry, an elderly relative sent me a scuffed piece of paper with a list of unfamiliar names.  These, I was told, were my great-grandfather’s siblings – the Lewkowicz family – from Lodz, Poland.  Then, I knew little more than my great-grandfather’s name and that he...
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Order a UK birth certificate

ORDER A UK BIRTH CERTIFICATE

It sounds obvious (and it is), but as you begin to research your family tree you can save yourself a lot of time, money and effort by familiarising yourself with the sources of specific pieces of genealogical information.  This is the first in a series of posts designed to help acquaint you with the types...
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East End Family History

RESEARCHING LONDON ANCESTORS

In the opening of The Go-Between (1953), the novelist L.P. Hartley wrote famously: “The past is a foreign country…”.  The phrase has been overused to the point of proverb, but it returned to mind recently when working on the history of an East End London family in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  This family...
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Research your family history

6 TOP TIPS FOR INTERVIEWING YOUR RELATIVES

Interviewing your relatives is by far the most effective way of gathering knowledge quickly as you start to build your family tree.  You can often discover tons of information going back several generations with just a quick chat.  However, as with all research, there are ways and means of going about this in order to...
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Research your family tree

GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: TOP 5 FREE TIPS

Working as a family historian and probate researcher in Sussex, I come across a lot of people who are interested in researching their family history but don’t know where to begin.  While research can sometimes be tricky, and every family is different, there are a number of free, simple steps you can take to get...
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