FAMILY HISTORY CENTRES
The internet has revolutionised our research, but not everything is online and microfiche could still reveal important clues.
Many counties have family history centres that provide access to resources not available online and you can benefit from the expert knowledge of the staff who work there.
Local authority cuts have taken their toll on opening hours, so check before you visit.
Elderly relatives can be a valuable resource. Before beginning any research it’s important to ask the oldest members of your family what they know and if possible record the conversation. While they might make mistakes on the specifics, they will almost certainly provide clues and family stories. Be aware, however, that all families keep secrets – as David discovered.