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Wills and Administrations

Wills and Administrations

Wills can be really interesting for family historians.  They give us an insight into the mind of the person who wrote them – not to mention that they can list most of the members of the person’s family!   This article gives information on what you might

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The Parish Chest

The Parish Chest

Parish records include many documents other than parish registers which can also be very useful to the family historian.  These are known as “The Parish Chest”, after the large wooden chests in which all parish documents were once stored – the picture above shows an example of

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Non-Conformist Registers

Non-Conformist Registers

Until the time of Henry VIII and the Reformation, virtually everyone in England and Wales was Catholic.  After then everyone was supposed to be Anglican but in reality there were always people who didn’t conform to the established church, either openly or in secret.  Each group left

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Visiting the Archives

Visiting the Archives

Following the last article, you will hopefully have identified baptisms, marriages and burials of some of your ancestors in the online indexes.  The next step is to check the original records from which those indexes were created.  If you have an online image of the record, then

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Searching Parish Registers

Searching Parish Registers

In order to trace your family tree beyond the 19th Century you will need to use the baptism, marriage and burial registers of the Church of England. even if your ancestors were Roman Catholic or Protestant Non-Conformists. There is no single online source for these records and

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The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register was taken on the 29 September 1939, just before the start of World War II, and the information was used as the basis for things like identity cards, rationing and conscription. It is an invaluable tool in bridging the gap between the 1911 census

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Census Records

Census records provide a snapshot of households on a single day once every ten years between 1841 and 1911. These records can be used to trace your ancestors through time and see how their lives developed. The document below provides information on the census records and how

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Vital Records

Vital records are birth, marriage and death (BMD) registrations, documented as certificates. These are key building blocks in tracing our family history.  The indexes to birth, marriage and death registrations not only allow us to find the references to obtain certificates but often give valuable information without

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Discovering your family’s story

Most people are curious about their family’s story and TV programmes make researching family history look easy – type in a name and the answer is there, go to an archive and the archivist brings you the key documents with the page featuring your family marked.  In

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Conventions for family trees

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