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Just starting your family history?

If you’re wondering how to begin tracing your family tree, here are three simple steps:

1. Begin with yourself

The first step is to write down the date and place of your birth. Do the same for your parents and grandparents. Include marriage and death dates where applicable. These core clues are the start of your research and you can now work back generation-by-generation growing those branches of your family tree as you gather more ancestors.

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About Family Tree

Where are you going to take your family history this spring? From planning a trip to The National Archives to a meander down memory lane, there are so many choices... I bet there are few among us whose hearts don’t gladden when spring is in the air, and this issue we’ve got all sorts of ideas to help you get out and about and enjoying your family history. Whether you’re going to pay a visit to the archives, or plan a day out or weekend away to the places where your family once came from, it’s sure to add so much to what you know about your ancestors’ lives. It’s definitely true – the more we look, the more we learn. Have fun!