Starting and Researching your Family Tree
Since doing my Family Tree I have found eBay useful at collecting certain resources which I will outline below. I have created eBay searches for the highlighted items in my guide this will let you search for them as you read.
Where to start?I started by getting myself some good Family Tree software - obviously this is a matter of opinion but I use GenoPro 2007 this lets you very easily map down all the family groups. There is also a package called Family Tree Maker which is linked to the Ancestry website. Once you have your software log all the current family you know with their dates of birth - if your family is anything like mine just doing this will take weeks! You need a stable base to work from so dont just try to put yourself, your dad and your grandad and try and work back - you will soon become stumped.
Register with the family tree websites:
You can register and work on your family tree for free so its a good place to store a copy of your tree which you can email to family to view online. Dont worry you wont have to type all the information into your software then again on the website - what you can do is export the information from your software into what is called a GEDCOM file then upload this file to the websites.
You can gets lots of bits and pieces free on the web here are some links:
Census, Birth, Marriage and Death RecordsSome Census records are available to view free online such as the Irish 1901 and 1911 Census' here:
But most online websites (like Ancestry) charge to view the information. You can buy cd packs with Census information on for either a specific county or the whole of the UK such as the 1881 census (25 cds!) this will let you view the information at your lesuire rather than subscribing to websites to view the information. You can also buy Vital Records CDs which have UK birth, marriage and death records on. Also there are regional and national Burial Index information available on CD.
You can also pick on on eBay back copies of Family Tree Magazines - these come with a cover cd with informaton and software to help you. Dont forget there are also many books and guides available on the subject of how research your tree. Many of the resources you can use and obviously sell on after you have used them - this makes it a cheap and efficient way to find out what you need rather than subscribing to the family tree websites.