Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Family History Advice

"Bringing Family History to Life"


You will find below a link to the PowerPoint Presentation given by Stephen at this meeting.

Click HERE to VIEW


At one of our meetings there was a discussion about Birth Marriage and Death Certificates and whether the whole certificate can be seen online. The answer is generally no, you have to pay for them, from the GRO Certificate Ordering- Registration Services  

General Register Office (GRO) - Official information on births, marriages and deaths /   You must have the year, the place of registration, the page number and the volume.

All certs B M D began in 1837. Before that, births were registered at the Parish Church if a child was Baptised and only about 1 third of births were registered up to 1875.

Edenbridge U3A Family History Group


Here are some links which may be helpful:-

Societies
1.      Society of Genealogists www.sog.org.uk Start Family History with the Society of Genealogists. Membership £57 pa
2.      Kent Family History Society http://www.kfhs.org.uk/  Almost every county has one.
3.      Who do you think you are magazine free downloads. http://subscribe.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/free-downloads.cfm  e.g. How to start, essential websites, tips etc
First World War
4.      Lives of the First World War   www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org Imperial War Museum. Build up a picture of the 8 million who served their country.
5.      Britain Remembers WDYTYA Project http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/britain-remembers Projects on First World War
Resources
6.      My History  www.myhistory.co.uk  Resources for Family History
7.      Advice from a real researcher – Family Tree Resources http://www.familytreeresources.co.uk/
Local History
9.      Kent History Centre http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/kent-history-and-library-centre Maidstone, Kent. Try Google to find a county centre for relatives you are interested in.
I use this county as an example of what can be found online.
Researching Events and Places
11.   Use Google to look up significant events. E.g. Creswell Colliery Pit Disaster http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Cresswell/cres.htm#top Find your relatives.
12.   Find out more about how your ancestors lived and what they did http://www.cottontown.org Bring your family history to life
14.   University College London Research on names in Great Britain http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/ Find out about how your family names are geographically spread in GB over time.
15.   Britain from Above http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/ Aerial Photographs of GB from 1919 to 1953. You can help them to identify buildings in areas you know.