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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 o
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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 sig
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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   la
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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 lo
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Research your family tree using local libraries

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY!

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 Libr
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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 a
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