Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist Laura Berry presents the se­cond part of our three-part chal­lenge to kick-start your fam­ily tree

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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.

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