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About this site
All photographs and document images displayed on this website were either obtained from public libraries, local record offices, the public record office at Kew Gardens, local family history societies, local museums, or from contacts made through genealogy forums. Research history notes were compiled following visits to the repositories mentioned above or from attending lectures.
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Starting your research
The birth, marriage and death certificates that mark our life stages are the starting point for any research. What they reveal about your family members can take you back to when civil records began in 1837. Another good source for information can be found in family bibles. Armed with names and addresses you can then search the census records, a decade-by-decade population count, which from 1841 lists the names, age, occupation and other details of everyone on census night. Tracking down members of broken families, such as orphans or foster children, is a tougher challenge. But documents such as parish registers, orphan hospital records and adoption papers can provide vital clues.
An insight into the harsh working and living conditions ancestors had to endure.