Genealogical Research Process




       This website is all about the research process something that confronts genealogists every time they embark on finding something out. I strongly recommend that you download the Genealogical Research Process Map and use it in your research. It is so simple when you see it laid out clearly, but not so simple when you are in the middle of trying to prove or disprove some nugget of ancestral information! Mark Tucker has certainly given a gift to the family historian.


EuropeanaThis website is a digital archive project from the European Commission. I understand that when first launched it crashed within hours, but it is now back and able to withstand the onslaught of millions of hits per hour!

I gather the idea is that archives across the European Union contribute images to be included on the website therefore making them more easily accessible to the general public. Personally I found the website confusing I put in a search for London and came across some interesting old photographs, but when I clicked on them the images, which were quite small, couldn’t be enlarged so it was hard to view them properly.

I then organised my search by provider and chose British Library and the first few pages were sound recordings of interviews. I click on one at random and it told me that should I wish to I could hear Sophie born 1989 tell me what she and her friends did in their spare time. This seems rather a waste of an opportunity to display some of the best images from leading UK archives. I’m not saying that oral interviews such as that of Sophie aren’t important, but just that they aren’t likely to be as popular and useful as other documents and recordings that the British Library holds. Perhaps it’s just me and I have not been using the site in the best way, I’m be interested to heard what others think. Take a look and see what you think.


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Irish Family History Research

Irish Family History  This site consists of hundreds of databases, most seem to be searchable, some are free others you have to join and pay a subscription to access. However 40 pounds a year is cheaper than a flight to Ireland if you live far away from the Emerald Isle. There are several membership options.



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Link Line Ian WallerCan recommend Ian Waller the researcher who is the owner of Link Line Research. He recently obtain a whole sheaf of Pottinger wills for me and a very reasonable cost. He is a very experienced genealogist who is the author of the excellent book “My Ancestor was an Ag Lab”.




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Recommended by Megan Hutchings who was a speaker at the June meeting of the BOI NZSG and also at the 12th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry 2009. A well designed website with lots of interesting and informative articles. Good background material for those with NZ ancestry.

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