When you set out to find your family tree you set out on a journey like no other . It will take you to places you never knew existed both physically and emotionally. Almost without exception, it is a journey that brings incredible rewards. Time takes on a different meaning. You find yourself grounded in history, a part of the past, the present and the future
When I started to research our family tree, it was to answer a specific question. Years down the line I still haven’t answered that question but I have answered many more that we didn’t know we had. Family legends have been proved and disproved. New family has been found and old family reconnected, and that just scratches the surface.
Starting out to find your family tree is both easier and more difficult than you think. All you need to begin is pencil and paper, and an open mind. The internet has made huge amounts of information available to anybody studying genealogy for whatever purpose. The key thing is never to take anything at face value. You must check, check and check again or you will find your family tree has accidentally been grafted onto the wrong roots.
Whilst the amount of information that is available has made researching your family tree easier it is also one of the greatest problems you will encounter. It is easy to get sucked into the highways and byways of history and make assumptions that have no basis in fact. Instinct does play a part in family research but only when tempered by a healthy dose of ‘Researchers Skepticism’ and it still needs to be proved out before it can be relied upon.
This site will fulfil two main functions, to help you discover your ancestors, with information on how to start the process, solve problems, locate information and to provide resources that will help you find your family tree. It will also show you how you can use the wealth of material, both online and off, and what you can do with it once you have found it, using the real life example of how my family tree has been discovered, and is still being discovered. We will be adding new items to the site constantly so please keep visiting and sign up for our regular hints and tips newsletter using the sign up form in the sidebar. We never share your email details. Please contact us if you have any suggestions or ideas for the site.