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Has Anyone Completed A Family Tree?  
User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

Hi gang


I believe that this topic was discussed at least a year ago so here goes....

I am in the middle of some Genealogy for constructing a family tree. I have so far managed to trace Great Grandfathers, mothers etc but am now becoming increasingly frustrated with blank results unless I have specific Birth dates etc.. I am a paying member of a fairly well known UK Ancestry site and the site is good, however, hours are needed to search here there and everywhere for who I think may be a Relative. I am becoming increasingly fed up with hitting a brick wall (Although I find this Ancestry thing fascinating) and wondered if any of you have successfully managed to create your family tree going way back.....And how did you do it ? Do I just keep ploughing or does anyone here have THe site that makes this task easier ?

Don't know if I am allowed to say which site I am on, but hey ho it's Ancestry.co.uk

I have family roots in England and Ireland if that's a help......

Would appreciate your input and hear your successes !!

Claire

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20791 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Quoting Femme (Thread starter):
Do I just keep ploughing or does anyone here have THe site that makes this task easier ?

I've been working on filling in the gaps in our family tree with my sister off and on over the years. A very good resource is the archives of the Mormon church. They're famously involved in genealogy, and interested in not only sharing information, but filling in any gaps they might have with research you've done.

A second resource that was helpful to us was the Daughters of the American Revolution, since my father's side of the family had so many ties to the founding of the U.S. Might there be a society in the UK that has historical records such as this?

Good luck! It's very interesting to see where you've come from!



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1482 times:
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Quoting Femme (Thread starter):
hey ho

Claire! Who are you calling a ho?  Smile

I have an aunt in Coventry who has been researching our family tree, she gave me a printout of my mother's side (she's actually not an aunt but my mother's cousin) that goes back to 1776. Not sure what she is using for her research though.

I know that the UK birth records used to be kept at Somerset House but I believe that's no longer the case.



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

I haven't, but a relative of mine did a long time ago. On my mother's side I am a very distant relative of William Shakespeare.

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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

My late father did our family tree and managed to date it back to the 1500's. What you may want to do is look locally. If you know that your family lived local to where you are now, go to the council and ask if you can see marriage/birth/death records for the time you're looking for. Failing that, just google names... there will end up being some sort of info somewhere.  Smile


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14132 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1429 times:

My late paternal grandfather has been researching his family back to the 1500's. He found most information in old bchurch record books, which, before it became mandatory to register births, deaths and marriages, kept record about the babtisms, marriages and funerals in the local parishes.
But be open for surprises: E.g. my father's family originally came from the Austrian mountains around salzburg, where they were farmers. They had to leave there in the early 18th century, after they converted to Lutheranism, when the empress decreed that all her subjects would either have to become Catholics or to leave the country. The Austrian protestants, same as e.g. the French Hugenotts, were invited by the Great elector, the ruling monarch of Prussia, to settle in the uninhabited land (a few years before an epedemic had raged through this province, leaving many towns and villages empty) of East prussia, on the coast of the Baltic sea. He also found out that one of my ancestors was a French soldier, a survivor of Napoleon's campaign against Russia, who left the Grande Armee in East Prussia to settle down and to marry a local girl.
After WW1 the family had to leave their lands, which were now behind the Curzon line and resettled in theformer Prussian province Posen (today Poznan). After WW2, they had to move again, since then Posen became a part of Poland.

Jan


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1392 times:

Hi Claire,

My uncle did it many years ago (before the internet!) and got way back to the time of the Spanish Armada. I am a descendant of Captain Blood (who stole the crown jewels).

My wife also got back to the early 1800's on her mother's side of the family, using a combination of Ancestry.com and Geneaology.com, as well as the mormon church website, and the UK census records.


User currently offlineOli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1388 times:

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 4):
My late father did our family tree and managed to date it back to the 1500's

Same here.

He got started by interviewing relatives who were still alive, then council and church records and followed that up by going to national libraries etc..

Like yourself, my family come a variety of countries (Wales and Germany mostly, but also Sweden, Finland, the US, Australia and a few others) which did mean that he spent a large amount of time and money travelling to those countries to search for records.

It takes a lot of effort, but I know he is very proud of how much he has done.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20791 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Something else that I just recalled--my sister found a lot of information by just googling names in the family tree (and adding "genealogy" or "ancestry" to it if it got no relevant hits). A few years ago she came across an extensively researched and cross-referenced database of the family, simply due to our being related to that family by marriage, so they had done extensive research on us going back to the 1400's(!!). She e-mailed the author, from what I recall, and compared notes, and helped make a few corrections where they'd co-mingled the past couple of generations (like having my father, sister and me all as the children of my grandmother, even though my father was in his 30's when I was born, it was just that they didn't have any record of his marriage).


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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):

So, have any aristocrats in your background?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20791 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 9):
So, have any aristocrats in your background?

 rotfl 

Actually, seriously, yes, I'm a direct blood descendant of the only family to have baronial rights in the New World.



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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):

Actually, seriously, yes, I'm a direct blood descendant of the only family to have baronial rights in the New World.

Why do I get the feeling you are actually telling the truth?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20791 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 11):
Why do I get the feeling you are actually telling the truth?

Because I am.  Smile



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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 12):

So then we kneel to Baron(ess) von Westy?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20791 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 13):
So then we kneel to Baron(ess) von Westy?

Only on those "special" occasions. My great aunt, who was the Director of Protocals and Customs (or something like that) when the United Nations was being formed in San Francisco, could probably pull a reference for when out of her hat for you--but sadly, she's no longer with us.



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