Researching your family history can be an absorbing hobby, or a one-off project that your whole family will value and build on. You can do it seriously or just for fun and a conversation topic, especially at family gatherings. This book will lead you to the vast number of genealogy websites, where family history research that used to take months can now produce exciting results in a weekend. Or you can find out how to do your own detective work at friendly record offices and beautiful parish church cemeteries.
Dr Harry Alder, a prolific writer and long time researcher, shares invaluable lessons and the gems of discovery you can expect as you track down your ancestors. Here he passes on his passion for the subject, his first-hand experience, lots of practical tips and key web sites to support your research. His many other books include Achieve Twice as Much in Half the Time, How To Live Longer, Remembering Names and Faces, Say it with Pictures. He is based in Wallasey, Wirral.
1. Getting started 2. Online family searching 3. Harnessing internet sources 4. Tearless transcribing 5. Organised support 6. Vital public records 7. Interpreting old records 8. Getting to know your ancestors Appendices