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    Hi all,

    Does anybody or has anybody ever done any research into their family tree and ancestors?

    Its something I've fancied trying for a while and having just started to properly look into it the first few websites I've come across are quite expensive.

    Does anybody know of any cheaper/free ones or if the more expensive ones are worth the money? I know you get what you pay for but don't want to part with the cash if it's something I give up on in 2 weeks or the website ends up being useless!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
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    Hi all,

    Does anybody or has anybody ever done any research into their family tree and ancestors?

    Its something I've fancied trying for a while and having just started to properly look into it the first few websites I've come across are quite expensive.

    Does anybody know of any cheaper/free ones or if the more expensive ones are worth the money? I know you get what you pay for but don't want to part with the cash if it's something I give up on in 2 weeks or the website ends up being useless!!

    I have - for the Scottish part of the family it was easy...as it is nearly all completely digitised and searchable online Not sure that is the case for England and other places. It can be found using Scotlands People website. It is a little bit pricey..but was a fascinating journey, and it's a great service - that you can use from the comfort of your own home. I found out loads of interesting stories along the way. Managed to get back to the last 1700's.

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    Ive just been looking i to it today with my oldest son. After watching Warwick Davis on who do you think you are last night we got chatting and decided we'd like to search one particular side of the family.

    Im in the same boat - no idea where to start and some of them are quite pricey. Dont mind the cost if its worth it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
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    Hi all,

    Does anybody or has anybody ever done any research into their family tree and ancestors?

    Its something I've fancied trying for a while and having just started to properly look into it the first few websites I've come across are quite expensive.

    Does anybody know of any cheaper/free ones or if the more expensive ones are worth the money? I know you get what you pay for but don't want to part with the cash if it's something I give up on in 2 weeks or the website ends up being useless!!
    Ancestry.co.uk has a number of free weekends through the year.
    You can try them out and see what you find, see if you enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
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    Ancestry.co.uk has a number of free weekends through the year.
    You can try them out and see what you find, see if you enjoy it.
    They are doing a 14 day free trial just now, have to put your bank details in though so need to remember to cancel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. S View Post
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    They are doing a 14 day free trial just now, have to put your bank details in though so need to remember to cancel.
    I started that earlier but then came out of it when I seen that you still had to put your bank details in. I might try it and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheel View Post
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    I have - for the Scottish part of the family it was easy...as it is nearly all completely digitised and searchable online Not sure that is the case for England and other places. It can be found using Scotlands People website. It is a little bit pricey..but was a fascinating journey, and it's a great service - that you can use from the comfort of your own home. I found out loads of interesting stories along the way. Managed to get back to the last 1700's.
    I got told about that one earlier and told it was free but when I tried it earlier discovered I still need to buy credits to actually view anything. That would be fine for my dads side but my mums side I would need England and the US so think I just need to bite the bullet and invest the money.

    My mums cousin done one years ago so would only need updated with new additions to the family over the past 10/15 years so it's my dads side I'd want to concentrate on first anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
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    I got told about that one earlier and told it was free but when I tried it earlier discovered I still need to buy credits to actually view anything. That would be fine for my dads side but my mums side I would need England and the US so think I just need to bite the bullet and invest the money.

    My mums cousin done one years ago so would only need updated with new additions to the family over the past 10/15 years so it's my dads side I'd want to concentrate on first anyway
    My Wife done both her & my family trees, although the deeper you go the more expensive it became with regards purchasing the credits. In saying that she absolutley loved it, a slight snag though was some of the registry became almost unreadable.

    She along with my Daughter went to register house to dig a bit deeper, that also was better for reading birth/marriage & death registry. Some fascinating stuff was uncovered but all came to a sudden halt. My Dads side, we got as far as 1700s & relatives from Castlebar, Southern Ireland. To delve deeper we would have to travel to registry in Ireland.

    My Grans stopped in Montreal Canada (where she was born) we got her marriage certificate but again, couldnt get her birth as we would have to go to Canada. All fascinating stuff though.

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    I have done a little bit of reviewing online and think I'm going to try the free trial with the Find My Past website.

    Same idea as Ancestry, you need to put your bank details in to start the free trial but the reviews I could find were slightly better.

    lets see how it goes..!

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    I researched my Dad's side of the family a couple of years back and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Most of my research was done using Scotland's People and I managed to get as far back as the 1700's. I managed to research the Irish side of things using a combination of census records and burial records, both of which were online. I also checked out any local forums where memories and local history were shared. I posted on the Belfast Forum and got several very helpful replies. As a result of my research I managed to track down a cousin of my Dad's in Belfast he hadn't seen since he was a child and they were re-united in 2015, both past their 80th birthdays.
    I did try the Ancestry site on a free trial hoping to trace a branch of the family in America. My excitement at finding a Nevada marriage record for somebody with the exact same name as myself was short lived after Mrs M59 pointed out it was our own marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
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    Ancestry.co.uk has a number of free weekends through the year.
    You can try them out and see what you find, see if you enjoy it.
    I tried that about a year ago ...... I thought I would keep it simple and put in my dads name and date of birth, he was born in Edinburgh and we have a pretty uncommon surname, I found nowt, cant say I was impressed. Perhaps I was doing it wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAE NOOKIE View Post
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    I tried that about a year ago ...... I thought I would keep it simple and put in my dads name and date of birth, he was born in Edinburgh and we have a pretty uncommon surname, I found nowt, cant say I was impressed. Perhaps I was doing it wrong
    A set number of years have to elapse until records are available online. Best to start with a Grandparent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marinello59 View Post
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    A set number of years have to elapse until records are available online. Best to start with a Grandparent.
    My dad was born in 1918 or 19 ( family records are a bit sketchy ) I would have thought that was far enough back

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    Quote Originally Posted by NAE NOOKIE View Post
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    My dad was born in 1918 or 19 ( family records are a bit sketchy ) I would have thought that was far enough back
    Ah. In that case you must be doing something else wrong.
    It may be worth trying different spellings, things weren't always recorded with 100% accuracy back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NAE NOOKIE View Post
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    I tried that about a year ago ...... I thought I would keep it simple and put in my dads name and date of birth, he was born in Edinburgh and we have a pretty uncommon surname, I found nowt, cant say I was impressed. Perhaps I was doing it wrong
    If I recall Ancestry does not have access to the full Scottish records ...it's only scotlands people website that has that ...also at the time Scotland was way ahead of England etc on digitising their deaths, marriages, births and census info. - that may have changed in more recent years

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    I did a wee bit on this and it is quite addictive, though its also very easy to get lost in the mire.

    My Dad's side was easier and I got reasonably far back and found a far off cousin who had also researched that line so comparing and cross checking was interesting.

    My Mums side was almost impossible as they came from rural Ireland to Greenock, then Edinburgh with name changes along the way. Having umpteen children in tow didn't help either!

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