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HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY ONLINE: 12 TOP TIPS

A lot of people find the prospect of researching their family history online slightly challenging.  It can be difficult to know where to start.  But the seemingly endless resources now available online should not frighten you off. The genealogical resources available on the internet offer an incredible opportunity to research hundreds of years back into...
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Find the right researcher for your family history journey

HOW TO HIRE A GENEALOGIST

Finding the right researcher to investigate your family tree is not necessarily an easy task.  Professional genealogists are few and far between, and it can be difficult to know whether someone has the expertise, interests and communication skills you need.  This decision can be a significant one: researching your family history may be amongst the...
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6 cheeky tips for searching the census

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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5 ways to find out about your Jewish roots

IS MY FAMILY HISTORY JEWISH?

5 ways to find out about your Jewish roots We do a great deal of research into Jewish families, and encounter a lot of people who think they have Jewish ancestry but don’t know where or how to find out more. Given that the vast majority of Jews in England are descended from   late nineteenth...
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How to find missing relatives

GUIDE TO FINDING LIVING RELATIVES

For a variety of reasons, I am regularly commissioned to find missing people in my work at Research Roots. When someone has died, I may be asked by a solicitor or accountant dealing with probate to find someone named in a will or, when no will exists, to construct a family tree and locate surviving...
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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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