Where to start
The first rule in tracing your family history is to start with what you know and work backwards. Gather any original birth, marriage and death certificates and assemble what information you can from them.
Birth certificates, for example, include the names of the parents and the date and place of their marriage, where appropriate. Use this information to trace their marriage certificate, which will give you their ages. Then use these dates to trace their birth certificates. Repeat this process for other relatives.
Talk to other family members, especially older ones, who may be able to provide key names and dates. Look through family photos and correspondence. Speak to other people doing family history research for useful tips and always ask where your information comes from.
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