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    if you know your history....

    probably been posted on here already, but does anyone know the best way to trace their family tree? probably going to pay a site to do it, but with my tree i'd need to remortgage the house.

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    Re: if you know your history....

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    probably been posted on here already, but does anyone know the best way to trace their family tree? probably going to pay a site to do it, but with my tree i'd need to remortgage the house.
    Ancestry.com

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    i think they'll tell me my surname should be woods.

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    Re: if you know your history....

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    probably been posted on here already, but does anyone know the best way to trace their family tree? probably going to pay a site to do it, but with my tree i'd need to remortgage the house.
    The Mormons do loads of Genealogy work. They collect Old Parish Records, on-line stuff and Census material and plug it all onto their database. They released the lot on CDROM a few years ago but this seems to be their database on-line.

    http://www.familysearch.org/

    I know it's a good starting place and if your lucky you won't have to look anywhere else other than here.

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    Re: if you know your history....

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    probably been posted on here already, but does anyone know the best way to trace their family tree? probably going to pay a site to do it, but with my tree i'd need to remortgage the house.
    Go to New Register House. The online stuff is guff. I wouldn't waste my time with it. You pay 6 for 30 credits but if the name you're looking up is fairly common you can be using several credits just to see the pages of names. Then you pay 5 credits to see a record and that's no the one you want!

    Get all the info you can about your parents, grand-parents etc, date of births, date of marriages etc then book a day at New Register House.

    You pay for the day and get your own computer terminal and microfiche viewer. Bang in the names and you get the reference number for each record. Pull the microfiche from the very well laid out files, view and take a note of what's on it.

    Your grand-parents marriage certificate tells you their birth dates. Their birth certificates tell you who your great grand-parents were and when they were married. Their marriage lines tell you when they were born. Their birth lines tell you their parents etc etc. You jump from marriage line to birth line to marriage lines all the way back.

    Births. deaths and marriages were only required to be registered after 1855 so before that date gets a bit sketchy and you're relying on the quality of old parish records kept locally.

    The census's are excellent for finding out brothers and sisters of ancestors as they'd all live in the same house when younger.

    After a view visits to Edinburgh I had all 32 surnames of all my great great great grand-parents. Very often Irish ancestry creeps in and the trail goes cold.

    But the most important thing is gather every bit of information on births, marriages and deaths you can from your relations so you are not wasting time in Edinburgh looking for something you didn't need to look for. Also the computer in New Register House may give 2 possible answers but that wee scrap of info previously received might prove one of them to be the true one.

    I think it's still only 17 a day but make sure you book in advance.

    If you are going to do it let me know and I'll e-mail you the template forms for recording the info from the various types of certificates. You have to keep it all neat or you lose the place very quickly.

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    Re: if you know your history....

    Yhe National Archives are a great start... no too expensive either... and their pretty much at the top of Leith Walk!!!!

    well actually their on Princess Street but its no far...

    one of ma mates works in there too!

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    Re: if you know your history....

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    Yhe National Archives are a great start... no too expensive either... and their pretty much at the top of Leith Walk!!!!

    well actually their on Princess Street but its no far...

    one of ma mates works in there too!


    I think he'd need to know his fathers name though

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    Re: if you know your history....

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    probably been posted on here already, but does anyone know the best way to trace their family tree? probably going to pay a site to do it, but with my tree i'd need to remortgage the house.
    If you are ever in the Weeg go the the genaeology centre at 22 Park Circus (the really nice registrar's. The centre is in the basement - best to call first. They have loads of stuff on their data bases and are very helpful.

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