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Approaching the records
Researching immigrant ancestors
They say ‘write about what you know’ so thanks to popular demand, I’ve decided to embark on a series of posts focusing specifically on one of my key areas interest of interest: researching immigrant ancestors to the UK. In this and subsequent posts, I intend to use Jewish immigrants (my specialist subject) as my touchstone...
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6 cheeky tips for searching the census
Alongside birth, marriage and death records, census returns are likely to be amongst the first records that you encounter when researching your family tree – and are incredibly useful sources of information.  Lots of background info about the censuses of individual countries is available online.  To give a potted overview of census records in the British...
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Research your family tree using local libraries
So yesterday, I put on my specs and my best brown sandals and headed out on an exploratory visit to Brighton History Centre to reacquaint myself with local records. I have to confess an interest and an affinity with the place.  My mother worked in what was then Brighton Reference Library when I was a...
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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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Research your family tree
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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