You could try FamilySearch.org . It's run by the LDS Church (Mormon), but you can create a tree for free. I finally got over to the Family Research Library in my town, and that's one of the things they were all set to have me to, first. From there you should get little icons on the person they've found a record for. Also, you can do a search that includes their own site, Ancestry.com, Rootsweb and one more, I think. And, no, you don't have to pay for the records you find. I would, however, make a print-out of it, and even store it on your computer, too.
It's best to work backwards. Death, marriage, baptism, birth. Start with yourself, then go to your parents, then their parents, and so on and so forth. Try to leave no stone unturned. Organize the source, analyze it — primary (was present for the event), secondary (got the information from someone else). Not everyone who helps fill out the death information knows the information first-hand. Census records can be tricky, too. Depending on how long the census-taker had to complete the task, it wasn't uncommon to ask children, or even neighbors for information on the family that wasn't home at the time of their visit. :O Shocking, I know. So, that is usually classified as a secondary source. Regard it more as a 'hint'. Also, look at the neighbors. People tend to move together and if you run into a roadblock (brick wall) sometimes perusing the neighbors for names you've seen with your relative before, can give you a clue to where your ancestor went.
Good luck and happy hunting!
Thank you. I try. :)
I've been researching my family tree for over 60years. My brick wall is a widow and two sons in York. ME in 1744. Her husband may have been Nathaniel, as that is the name of their oldest son and his son. This follows a Scots-Irish naming pattern. By DNA, I am Scots-Irish. I have extensively researched in New England (MA & ME), Scotland and Ireland. I am the Co-Administrator of the House of Gordon DNA Project. I look forward to hearing from fellow Gordons and other Scots-0Irish and Scots. On my mother's side, I'm pure Irish, albeit from Armagh in N, Ireland,
Cheers, Jim Gordon
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I feel like I'm in good company. We know these people existed because we wouldn't be here otherwise. I have managed to find one person who could be related to me if my George D Perkins was the son of Berry Wright Perkins. George had two sisters and one Sarah Perkins married a Thomas Andrew Nash. William Perkins Nash (a decendant) wrote a book called Eighteen Generations of Ancestors of William Perkins Nash. He is deceased but I managed (with help) to find a nephew. Dead end... The book is on micro film at Salt Lake City and I ordered it. It is almost impossible to read and the best way to make a copy is by camera. Trying to get a good picture to read is very hard indeed! I'm off to our local Family Center to try again.
Anybody out there a Nash? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get decent pictures from micro film?
Am keeping my fingers crossed for you
I live in the UK . I have always wanted to research my ancestry, and this is where I am so grateful for the Internet. Without it and the people I have met through it, I don't think I would have got anywhere, let alone as to where I am now. I have traced back 24 generations of one branch of my family.
I have also had family lore to go on, however although there was a kernel of truth in it, it was very misplaced.
I have been researching since 2006 and I don't think I'll be shaking off this addiction anytime soon.
I look forward to exchanging info with everyone here.
It is a wonderful tool, the internet. Yes, Genealogy is addictive. But a word of caution. Some people will put anything down to fill in the blanks of their family tree. I have ran into people who have parents birthdates sixty years after their children were born. I had seen people who have children being born to a mother who was 60 years old.
Today, with technology, it is possible, but, back then women fifty or older usually died having children. Most of them went through the change of life in their 40's because of all the hard work.
With you living in the UK, it would be hard to find real documents to verify if what you found on the internet is accurate. Especially that tree you traced back 24 generations. I hope you meet some wonderful people that can help you. hope you never get tired of genealogy. It's a great hobby.
I have been doing family history research for about 25 years. Right now I am working on my one American line which goes back through Iowa, Wisconsin and New York to New England with a branch into Ohio and Maryland. Most of my ancestors immigrated from Ireland directly to Upper Canada/Canada West/Ontario. I find Irish research very frustrating. I also have a Welsh great grandfather from Brecon, Wales.
My offspring are profoundly disinterested in genealogy. Perhaps it was too many visits to cemeteries in their childhood. My husband is still willing to go on family history expeditions with me.