Guides and Tips

Follow our guides and tips to help you discover your family history

Below are a selection of guides and tips to help you learn how to discover your ancestors. Learn about family history records, sources, genealogy research techniques, and more.


Getting Started
Research Techniques
Analysis and Interpretation
Record Information


Starting your family history
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Enjoy our top tips on how to start tracing your family history.

How to start your family tree
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Read our extensive guide on how to start tracing your family tree.

5 Reasons to Research Your Family History
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Considering tracing your family history? Here's why you should!

6 Essentials for Kick Starting Your Family History Journey
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Whether you're new to genealogy or seeking a re-start, here's 6 essentials you need to know!


How to get the best results from FamilySearch
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Discover our in-depth guide to getting the best results from FamilySearch.

How to get the best results from the IGI
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The IGI, or International Genealogical Index, is a valuable tool. Are you making the most of it?

Surname searching: What's been done before?
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Discover existing family histories and pedigrees in libraries and online.

London research
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Do you have London ancestors? If so, this is the guide for you!

Probate Research: A Quick Guide to Executors
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Where there's a Will there's a way! Enjoy this quick guide to executors.


Fact or fiction? How to analyse your research
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Discover tools and tips for analyzing your genealogy research.

Writing genealogical reports
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Learn how to write genealogy research reports with this in-depth guide.

Standards and Good Practice
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Learn about genealogy standards and good practice in this handy guide.


How to use Probate records
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Where there's a Will there's a way! Discover in-depth probate record guidance here.

Palaeography Part 1: How to create abstracts from old documents
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Learn these simple methodologies to reading old handwriting.

Palaeography Part 2: Reading Secretary Hand
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Historically, English handwriting has not been so easy to read for our modern eyes. Part 2 of our palaeography guide is here.

How to search Census records
Free guide

Discover the census records and learn how to use them to trace your ancestors.

How to search Birth, Marriage and Death certificates
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Discover our in-depth guide to Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.

Anglican Parish Registers and their Finding Aids
Free Guide

Discover Anglican Parish Registers in this in-depth guide.

Nonconformist Records
Free guide

Who were the non-conformists, and what records detail their lives?

Criminal Records
Free guide

Discover our in-depth guide to criminal records.


20 Brilliant Genealogy Tools To Try This Year
Free Guide

Learn about 20 genealogy tools to try this year.

Family History Software
Free Guide

Get help deciding which family history software package to use.


Genealogy as a career
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Interested in a career in genealogy? Here's our in-depth guide.

Employing a Professional Genealogist
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Read our guide on employing a professional genealogist.

The right to arms
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What is a Coat of Arms and who has the right to use one?

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