Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Researching Your Family History.

Part 3
Once you've gathered as much information from your relatives and recorded what you, yourself, already know then it would be an idea to start "looking for clues" around the home. Such as finding Legal Documents (Wills, Birth, Marriage & Death Cerificates etc), Photo's, medals, employment records, pension payments, military service papers and other things like these. Gathering as many of these as you can will help to outline your ancestors lives and point you in the right direction on what else you might want to discover. But bear in mind that Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates (or Civil Registration as it is know) are only availbable from 1st July 1837 onwards as this was when Civil Registration came in. But it wasn't made compulsory until 1875. But although some people didn't bother registering a birth, for example, it was still quite common for people to register. So, if you can't find a birth record for example chances are that there has been some error on spelling in the indexes or it being registered under a different name, year or district. But there will be some (if relatively few) exceptions.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Researching Your Family History.

Researching Your Family History.

When you first start becoming interested in researching your Family History you may want to delve straight into it and get as much done as quickly as possible but yet find yourself feeling daunted by the thought trailing through Archives & Libraries. But I'm going to try and help you start your search.

Step One.
First of all, start with what you know. Write down what you already know (or at least think you know i.e family legends) about your Family, such as names, dates of birth, marriage and death (where relevant for marriage and death). You may be surprised at how much you already know.

Step Two.
Talk to your relatives, such as your Parents, Aunts & Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins too as they may know something that you haven't told. But generally the older the relative the more memories you'll get of previous generations of Ancestors you'll get. You may want treat it like an 'interview' as such. But remember be tactful and also there may be memories/experiences that they might not feel comfortable sharing so don't push them into divulging anything they aren't comfortable with. You could writed down, tape or video record the interview so you can look back on what was said. As there may be a lot of information to remember otherwise.

More coming soon

1911 Census. British & Irish.

The British 1911 Census is available to at these websites for a fee: (other Censuses are available at

The 1901 & 1911 Irish Census are available for free at the National Archives of Ireland:

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Freda Marie Nash

My maternal Grandmother, Freda Marie Nash was born on the 14th November 1930 in Leicester to Geoffrey George Lancelot Nash and I believe Lily Coles.

I don't know a lot else until 1949 when she married her first husband, Douglas E Hann, and had Children with him. In the late 1950's this marriage had ended and they divorced. Then in 1960 she married my maternal Grandfather, Michael John O'Neill. Sadly Granddad Michael was to pass away on the 8th December 1966 in the Towers Hospital in Leicester, England of Bronchopneumonia & Toxic Myocarditis (Pneumonia & Inflammation of the Heart), leaving Grandma Freda a Widow and with 6 Children.

Then there is another gap that I've been unable to fill until she died on the 22nd November 1984 in Leicester, when I was 19 months old, of an Alienated Aortic Atherochlorosis which I believe to be a blockage of a main Heart Valve.

Over time I am hoping to fill the gaps in her life and find out who she was as a person.
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