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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.

REL­A­TIVES

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.

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