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.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of family history as Family Tree editor Helen Tovey reveals how the ...

02/01/2018

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Discover how to make the most of an online search for your ancestors with Ancestry's top name variants tips. ...

08/10/2018

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Paul Chiddicks takes a look at how to use the UK census for family history research, in the first instalment of a ...

23/07/2018

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Trace your British family tree with Family Tree's guide to the best websites for researching ancestors in Britain. ...

02/07/2018

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Would you like to find your British ancestors but are unsure where to begin? Our step by step guide will help you ...

27/06/2018

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Find how to get started in creating your own family tree, following your family back through time. ...

12/02/2018

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Find out where records including the census, birth, marriage & death records, and parish records are kept with ...

18/01/2018

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Thanksgiving is a great time of year to gather all the family together. But have you thought about how the holiday ...

20/11/2017

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Discover what you need to know before visiting an archive or record office for family history research. ...

20/10/2017

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Planning a visit to the National Archives to find your ancestors? Read on for some great advice on making the most ...

20/10/2017

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Would you like to explore your family history and discover more about your ancestors? In this 60-second video ...

19/07/2017

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Have you always wanted to do your family tree but are unsure how to get started? Helen Tovey, editor of Family ...

28/06/2017

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