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.
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Enjoy our top tips on how to start tracing your family history.
Read our extensive guide on how to start tracing your family tree.
Considering tracing your family history? Here's why you should!
Whether you're new to genealogy or seeking a re-start, here's 6 essentials you need to know!
Discover our in-depth guide to getting the best results from FamilySearch.
The IGI, or International Genealogical Index, is a valuable tool. Are you making the most of it?
Discover existing family histories and pedigrees in libraries and online.
Do you have London ancestors? If so, this is the guide for you!
Where there's a Will there's a way! Enjoy this quick guide to executors.
Discover tools and tips for analyzing your genealogy research.
Learn how to write genealogy research reports with this in-depth guide.
Learn about genealogy standards and good practice in this handy guide.
Where there's a Will there's a way! Discover in-depth probate record guidance here.
Learn these simple methodologies to reading old handwriting.
Historically, English handwriting has not been so easy to read for our modern eyes. Part 2 of our palaeography guide is here.
Discover the census records and learn how to use them to trace your ancestors.
Discover our in-depth guide to Birth, Marriage and Death certificates.
Discover Anglican Parish Registers in this in-depth guide.
Who were the non-conformists, and what records detail their lives?
Discover our in-depth guide to criminal records.
Learn about 20 genealogy tools to try this year.
Get help deciding which family history software package to use.
Interested in a career in genealogy? Here's our in-depth guide.
Read our guide on employing a professional genealogist.
What is a Coat of Arms and who has the right to use one?
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