Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist Laura Berry presents the second part of our three-part challenge to kick-start your family tree
Use marriage certificates and military records to grow your tree in the second part of our 12-week challenge
Last issue we set out the first four weekly steps to get you going. By now you should have spoken to relatives to find out what they know about your family history, and dug out all the documents and photos that you can lay your hands on. Hopefully this will have given you a skeleton family tree, and you’ve been able to confirm some of the names and dates you’ve gathered by ordering a batch of birth certificates and looking for people in the 1939 Register and census returns stretching from 1841 to 1911.
We briefly looked at the major websites out there to help you find your ancestors, and you should have taken advantage of free trial subscriptions and discovered whether you can access extra resources using your local library or archive. If you missed the first part of this guide, turn to page 9 to find out how to order a back issue. You can also pick up tips from
who do you think you are magazine. com.
This month we’re going to start ordering marriage certificates to add even more names to your tree, work out the best way to store all of the information and documents that you’re compiling, explore military records and unearth interesting articles about your relatives in old newspapers.