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Step away from the sun

Discover more about where and how your ancestors lived by using offline resources. Follow Kim Fleet’s inspiring ideas to get you out and about with your family history

There’s nothing like walking in your ancestors’ footsteps, treading the paths they took to work, their places of workship and community, and having a drink in their local pub…

The familiar online resources we all use time and again – such as searchable birth, marriage and death (BMD) records, censuses, directories and passenger lists – are invaluable for family history research. They are easy to access and return results in a fraction of a second, but they are not the only records available to family historians – there is so much more to explore that is not online.

Offline resources offer the opportunity to add breadth and depth to our understanding of our ancestors’ lives and can reveal potential new lines of enquiry. Delve deeper into how and where your ancestors lived by stepping away from the screen and trying these resources and techniques.

Re-imagine their locality

Consulting old maps of places where our ancestors lived can help us to explore what their lives were like. Plot out where your ancestors lived and worked, and see what else was in the area that they would have seen regularly such as public houses, hospitals, theatres, docks and workhouses. What facilities were available locally, for example, a public baths for washing their clothes and bodies; a gas works; or a telephone exchange?

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This autumn take yourself on a genealogy journey… With 6 inspiring projects to get you out and about, we’ll help you plan your family history visits and arrange a road trip to transform your research. Take the time to make that pilgrimage to your ancestors’ graves, and you may be rewarded with new-found family history clues too… Curl up with Family Tree – take a trip down memory lane with our reader stories, and tune into our brand new audio history memories series. Essential, inspiration family history for you to revel in and grow your family history know-how. Enjoy!

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