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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree December 2017 > Time for a diff erent approach?

Time for a diff erent approach?

There comes a time while researching our families and ancestors when we feel we have exhausted all the usual research routes, even using sources recommended by experienced researchers. At this point, where should we turn for answers? Jean Stirk recommends some new tacks to try, to give your family history research that much needed boost…


Key questions for reviving your research

Most of us use internet sites that are now prolific whether free to use or reasonably charged for researching our ancestors, so giving us easy access to much family history information. As we increasingly become reliant on the internet, we might wonder where would we find the time and money to cover the cost of travelling to record offices in the west, the north, the east or the south? However, taking our research out into the ‘real world’, as opposed to the ‘virtual’, computer one, may be just what we need to do, in order to find new resources to research.

Beware the limitations of the internet

Be aware that information on internet sites may be curtailed when being copied or translated into ‘computer speak’, depending on the provider’s system. For instance, only certain fields may be transcribed or indexed, and it is always worth ensuring that you look at a copy of the original census page.

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Come on, it's time to roll up your sleeves, leave the pleasant pastures of the 19th century, the birth, marriage and death records, and the census - and trace your family lines further back in into the past. This is your chance to explore new records, stretch your research and revel in the lives and times of your Georgian, Stuart and even Tudor ancestors.