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Beginner’s Guide

If you are looking to start researching the branches of your tree yourself we have put together some sources of useful information to help you. Should you set off on the journey and need any help or guidance then please remember that we provide a help and advice service which you may find useful. And our research packages are always available if you find that you would prefer us to do the research for you.

You can also get a lot of help in starting out on the Web. These sites are useful for the beginner to family history research.

We have generated forms for use in transcribing the various records you will come across in your research and recording your family tree as it grows. You are welcome to make use of these.

Once you start collecting information on your family you are going to need somewhere to store the information. Very quickly you will realise the benefits of doing this in a specialist family history software package. These are some of the software packages that you can download for free which will allow you to get you started while you decide on the best package for you.

We have also pulled together some useful links to web sites that might help you as you look to build your family tree.

Some useful informatoin to get you started on your research

In two places at once

This is a tale of a man in two places at once. We were looking for a man with the unusual name of Frank O Moon. We found him in the 1880 US census in Jackson, Kansas with his family. But we also found him over 200 miles away in Sterling City, Kansas. So how come? He cannot be in two places at the same time.


Checking the dates of the census returns solved the mystery. Frank was indeed with his family on the 1st June 1880 when the Jackson census was taken but he was also with what turned out to be his parents when the Sterling City census was taken on 25th June 1880. The US census is not taken on just one night like the UK census.

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