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.

Find out how birth records can help grow your family tree ...

01/11/2016

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Find out how marriage records can help you build your family history ...

01/11/2016

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See your ancestor's handwriting and more in the 1911 Census returns ...

01/11/2016

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Discover what useful information can be found on a death certificate in our guide to using death certificates in ...

01/11/2016

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Learn how to use FamilySearch, the world's largest family history website, for finding ancestors, using its ...

24/10/2016

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How can you get started with family history? To help you on your quest to ‘do’ your family tree, read this ...

06/10/2016

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Find out where to begin with surname research for family history. ...

22/06/2016

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Find out how to do your family tree online, with our guide to the most popular genealogy websites for the UK and ...

09/02/2016

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Find out how to use Facebook for family history, with tips on making the most of Facebook's search functions, ...

11/01/2016

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Follow our handy checklist to make the most of a family history interview ...

23/02/2015

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Birth, marriage and death (BMD) records are one of the main family tree resources. Find out how to trace your ...

13/02/2015

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Find out how to use census records for family tree research, in our guide to what the census can tell you about ...

13/02/2015

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