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18 September 2014
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Getting Started on Your Family Tree

By Dr Nick Barratt
A wider context

A family on holiday at the seaside
A family holiday snap, 1910 - a good start for a family tree 
Your ancestors were part of communities, working and interacting with other individuals. This is what makes family history so much fun. It is so much more than an attempt to collect names and make a linear link through the generations, it's a unique opportunity to bring these people back to life through your research, and discover how they lived.

People set foot on this same voyage of discovery every day. Most are surprised and delighted by what they find. Now it is your turn. Armed with these basic hints and tips, you are ready to travel back into the past, with your ancestors as your guides.

Don't forget to refer to your checklist - on the next page.

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