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Basic steps to take before you pay

Start your genealogy journey without paying out by following Karen Clare’s simple tips


Practical ideas to get you started

Starting your family history usually requires no more expense than your time. There really is plenty of basic research you can do for free before spending your money on things such as subscriptions to the major genealogy websites and the essential birth, marriage and death certificates.

1 Record what you know

If you’ve no clue where or how to begin your family history, then the old adage is true: start with yourself and work backwards. Surprisingly few people know the full names of their grandparents, not to mention greatgrandparents, when they start tracing their trees. Don’t worry if you are one of them, now is the time to put that right and record their lives for now and future generations.

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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.