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Broaden your ancestral horizons

Genealogist Chris Paton discusses some of the parallel disciplines that can help with genealogical research…



In carrying out our family history research, we seek out many forms of documentation in the hope that a brief mention of an ancestor might be noted. Our ancestors, however, did not just leave traces of their existence within vital records and documents to be found by genealogists in archives. Every generation that came before us has left an impact and a legacy that can be revealed through many other sources and projects, each helping to reveal the issue of who we are and how we came to be from a very different perspective.

Just as our sense of identity changes with every discovery we make from documents, so too can the historic backdrop of where we came from be revised, thanks to the efforts of those working in other disciplines. Family history is just one means by which we can gain an insight into our personal history. Equally important is the genre of history itself, and for the family historian, perhaps local history is the field that we should immediately focus our eyes upon most keenly.

Local history

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