Getting started in family history

Tips for beginners in genealogy and key resources to get your research started

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  • Write down everything you know about your family, starting with yourself.
  • Talk to relatives and record what they remember.
  • Ask relatives to look for family mementos like letters, diaries, photographs, news cuttings and family bibles.
  • Write down everything, with a note of where the information has come from. Make sure you also record when a search has been unsuccessful. This will stop you looking in the same place twice.
    • Start to draw a family tree, leaving plenty of space to add information as you find it.
    • Explore the internet, there are lots of good free resources available. You can use Find My Past in Hampshire Archives and Local Studies and Hampshire libraries.
    • Read a book on genealogy - it will give you a good idea of what sources you will need to use and the information you can expect to get from them