Saturday, 27 August 2011

Finding Old Photographs.

Despite not Blogging about it recently. I have still been doing my Family History Research. Although I've not been able to uncover as much as I'd like due to time restraints recently and not being able to visit The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland but one of the few things I've found is an old School Photograph of my Aunt Julie, taken at Eyres Monsell Primary School, Leicester in 1966/67. This, I found by chance at Friends Reunited whilst looking through the page for my old school at Eyres Monsell.

Since finding this Photograph about a week ago, my Brother-in-Law, (after seeing that I'd found the old photo of my Aunt Julie) asked me if I could try finding some old Photo's of his Mum as he doesn't have many (unfortunately, she passed away about 5 years ago). I've been looking for Photo's of her since he asked me and I've not been able to come up with anything. This is I think is, at least in part, due to the fact that there isn't a central website, database or online company, like Ancestry.com or Findmypast.co.uk, that have old photo like they do BMD's and Census Returns, although Users are able to upload them themselves. Instead it all relies on individual people uploading their own photo's to the many different Websites out there on the World Wide Web. But, it doesn't mean she's not in any Photo's online and the best that I can do is keep searching. I believe he'll really appreciate if I find something.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Tuesday’s Tip - Geneablogger

What advice/tips would I give another Family Historian/Genealogist?

Well, the best advice I could give would be to the People just starting out in Genealogy.

1) Write down what you already know (you'll know more than you realise)

2) Ask around your Family for anything that might help, especially facts/stories of previous generations.

3) If possible visit Archives (even if occasionally), as there's nothing better than holding and/or seeing original documents.

4) Look around for the best deals on internet Pay-Per-View/Subscription Family History sites (Ancestry.com, Genesreunited, TheGenealogist etc).

5) Don't order Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates unless you are as confident as you can be you have the right person/s you're looking for. You don't want to waste time & money researching somebody elses Family Tree.

That's all for now. I'll be happy to post more tips/advice in the future.
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