First Steps in Family History

To start off learning how to climb your family tree I recommend that you work through the lessons in the order listed below These lessons should help you trace your family back to at least to the early 1800’s.


1. Tracing Your Family History

2. Civil Registration

3. Census

4. Parish Registers

5. Wills post 1858

Once your have completed all five beginner lessons then simply chose the lesson on whichever subject you need to know more about. Some people might find they have military ancestors and others have folk who travelled abroad, whatever they did you will need to know what records are available so that you can find out more about their lives. These lessons have been divided under the “Further Steps in Family History”, “Occupations” and “Local History” tabs. Click on the tab to see what is there. I will be adding to these lessons constantly.