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:

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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.

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