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Friday, 23 May 2014

Kick Start your Genealogy

This weekend is a bank holiday (for those of us in England at least!) and that often gives us the opportunity to meet up with friends and family.

If you've been thinking about starting to research your family tree then use this weekend as an opportunity to do so.

This is the chance to chat to an old family member or friend - take some notes but don't worry too much about the format. Listen to their stories as that is the really interesting part.

Or ask the children to describe a relative - then in a few years time take out the list and see how they would change it. Or have it made into some word art as a present. You're creating a piece of history for future generations to find.

Maybe you'll find that you have a bit of spare time and can try something you wouldn't normally do. For example, it could be the ideal opportunity to visit one of the genealogy data providers, take up a free trial if needed and then plug in a name. You never know what the results might be.

How about sitting down with a cup of tea and a piece of paper and writing down all about you? In the future someone may be researching you - what would you like them to know? How about your favourite things? I've turned that into the cover of my ipad!

Or try to sketch out what you know about your family. I find that once I start to see a diagram I can then visualise relationships and new names, dates and facts pop into my head

It could be that you are planning to do some decluttering this weekend - why not take that box of old photos and have a quick skim through? Take a moment to make a note on the back of who's in the photo or even scan the photo into your computer which means you can share the photo and save soem space in your home.

And then once the bank holiday is over how about finding out about the next steps. At Full Circle I offer a Kick Start service where I take what you know and turn that into a pdf chart and a summary report . This also includes ideas of where you could take your research next.

So, what are you waiting for?

Have a fab weekend whatever you do!

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