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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree April 2019 > 10 TOP FAMILY HISTORY PROJECTS


Choose your next step

Do you have a steadily growing pile of findings that is looking a little (or more than a little) disorganised? A family history puzzle you just can’t untangle? These 10 family history projects will help you organise what you have found out, and help you see what you need to do next. Simple, methodical strategies for better – and more successful – research. Helen Tovey explains

On our quest to trace our roots we often (or always!) find ourselves in a funny predicament: on the one hand having acquired masses of documents and details, yet, on the other, lacking that vital – tantalising – tiny piece of evidence we need to really solve our family history puzzle. These 10 family history projects have been chosen:

• firstly to help us keep track of the vast quantities of information we find

• and secondly to help us identify the clues and solutions to the answers we still seek.

There are projects suitable for all levels of family history enthusiast. I would recommend having a read, and just ‘prescribe’ yourself one project at a time, and then do it thoroughly.

In this hasty rush-around world, dedicating yourself to a job well done, with no corners cut, and a solid end result to be proud of, is an achievement well worth it. I hope you find these projects helpful in getting more out of your family history.

Projects 1 to 3 are for you if you’re – brand new to family history

Start digging about for clues

Project 1

Find out what you know When starting to do your family history, it’s a good idea to note down what you know already. Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem much – you may be surprised at the sorts of clues that come to mind. So what sort of thing should you write down?

While you’re doing your family history, think of yourself as a detective, gathering evidence. The clues you need to trace your family tree are, those such as:


Dates (of birth, marriage and death)

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Do you know what your surname means and where it's come from? You don't? You've come to the right place. With the April issue of Family Tree we've got a cracking 32 guide to help you learn about your family names. From surname super-sleuth organisation the Guild of One-Name Studies, it's packed with advice to research your family surnames - wherever in the world they come from... Plus - inside the mag - we've got 10 top family history projects to help you organise your research, university research into our ancient 10,000 year old ancestor (he's the great-grandpa of us all) and the tale of an orphan, disinherited and banished into slavery - and his 30 year fight to regain what was rightfully his!