Expert tips for beginner family historians


05 January 2017
journal-22293.jpg Expert tips for beginner family historians
Newbie or not, these tips are sure to aid your family history research!

Whatever stage you’re at in your family history research, whether you’re a complete beginner or a genealogy old hand, there is always something new to learn. To celebrate a brand new year of family history research, and following on from our online tips last week, we’re now offering some advice that will be particularly useful to new family historians, but will serve as useful reminders for the more experienced ones too. Remember also to get your copy of Family Tree January for some New Year inspiration!

  • Listen to a TNA podcast and enjoy family history in your living room.
  • Access hundreds of reference books in the library or from home using your library card.
  • Watch a genealogy tutorial video in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
  • Join your relevant family history society - a small fee could provide a wealth of resources and knowledgeable members. Find a society via the FFHS.
  • Keep up with genealogy news by following blogs and RSS feeds using an RSS reader, such as Feedly.
  • Buy English and Welsh BMD certificates from the General Register Office as commercial companies can charge much more!
  • Before making a wasted trip check Discovery or SCAN so you know where records are held.
  • Spend a day at a family history fair. Find dates of events in Family Tree every issue and on our Events page.
  • Make a to-do list and a to-buy list for WDYTYA Live to make most of show offers!

In Family Tree January we’re sharing New Year’s resolutions and our family history plans for 2017 – grab your copy now to get some inspiration!

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