It’s now easier than ever before to investigate your ancestry through the magic of the internet. I’ve always been intrigued to know more about my extended family and was excited to start my quest to find out as much about my family history as possible.
I recently found this quote that sums up exactly why I wanted to research my heritage:
“FAMILY: Like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions but our roots remain the same“
I couldn’t wait to see if we shared similarities and was fascinated to find out more about what members of my families lives were like. I wondered about their careers, how many children they had and where they lived. Now was the time to find out!
Here’s how myself and my family researched our family tree:
Step One: We signed up to the Ancestry website which is a family history website that offers members access to a billion UK family history records. You can get a free 14 day trial and you then pay £13.99 a month to access the site.
Step Two: We filled out as much information as possible about what we already knew about our family tree.
Step Three :We asked as many family members as possible for more details including names, date of births and where someone was born.
Step Four: The website then uses the information we provided to fill in the blanks and extend your family tree further. This is also where you play detective as you can look at documents such as marriage, birth and death certificates that you can use to look for clues to extend your family tree further.
You can spend hours and hours researching your tree because you can go as far back as you want .You have to be careful not to go down the wrong path because there can be people with the same name born on the same day just to make it a bit more confusing but it’s definitely worth all the effort.
We found out that many of my past family members have lived in the same area as I live now. I live in Cambridge in the UK and a lot of my past family members lived in Cambridgeshire because there were a lot of farms here so it was easy to get work. Also whenever we discovered a new branch to the tree we found that they always had lots of siblings. It was interesting to discover that I come from quite a large family.
Once I had my family tree I wanted to find a unique way to display it. One of my sisters friends makes these beautiful personalised handmade embroidered cushions that display each branch of your family tree. Her company is called Sopharoos and the cushion costs £27.
Have you researched your family tree before? I’d love to know in the comments!