KICKSTART YOUR RESEARCH
Keep your mind open to possibilities – chances are that you will eventually track your missing family down. To help you, try some or all of these tips below:
Try combinations of websites, don’t just stick to one as this narrows down your options. Use portal sites such as GENUKI ( genuki.org) to build up your knowledge about a county, and check out extra resources that you may not have come across before. Get to know the catalogue of the relevant county record office, both online and offline. It may not have all of its catalogue online, and your job will be to know exactly what it has and where it is. Use whole family reconstruction, don’t just stick to one line going backwards but seek to find out as much as possible about everyone, your ancestor and all their siblings, their parents and all their siblings. This usually provides valuable clues and often leads to breakthroughs in unexpected places. Find out about the resources at The National Archives in Kew. Make good use of the knowledge of others, participate in online forums and discussion lists, join the relevant family history society and the Society of Genealogists. Join the Guild of One-Name Studies. You don’t have to register a name, and it is well worth the small annual fee for access to its vast store of knowledge and extensive lists of unusual sources.