Getting Started

How to start your family tree

Just starting out on your family tree and not sure where to start? Read our growing collection of online guides, hints and tips, to help you take those first steps on your family history journey.

Don't miss the digital guide How To Start Your Family Tree – available to download now.

How To Start Your Family Tree is an interactive beginners guide giving you everything you need to get started with tracing your family history and discovering your ancestors. This collected edition of beginner features, previously published in Family Tree, is packed full of expert tips, how-to advice and lots of ideas for starting your family tree from scratch and writing up your family history.

Tracing your family history is a hobby which will give you many years of enjoyment, and with our expert tips, it’s easy to get started today.

Get started in tracing your ancestors with the FamilySearch video guide to using one of the world's most popular ...

25/05/2017

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Discover how to find ancestors who emigrated to the USA via Ellis Island in this introductory video from Ellis ...

25/05/2017

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Sandra Adams-West talks about her experience of volunteering with FreeReg, one of the UK's most popular genealogy ...

24/05/2017

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New to family history? Check out our top five genealogy websites and get started discovering your ancestors. ...

17/05/2017

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What is a second cousin? Or a third cousin once removed? Work out who’s who on your family tree with our guide to ...

08/05/2017

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Discover how to write up your family history to share with relatives, with our guide to planning and writing up ...

03/05/2017

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Draw up your family tree for free, online or on paper, with our guide for family history researchers who'd like to ...

06/04/2017

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A guide to using birth, marriage and death records for family tree research, looking at how these key resources ...

30/03/2017

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Discover how to find your ancestors on the census for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, bridging the gap ...

27/03/2017

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Find out how to start your family tree with Family Tree magazine's FAQs for beginner family tree researchers - ...

23/03/2017

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Family Tree is the UK’s longest established family history magazine, sharing genealogy advice with our thousands ...

21/02/2017

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Genealogist Mike Sharpe shares his tips for making the most of a visit to a family history fair such as Who Do You ...

01/02/2017

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