Even better try a church of the Latter Day Saints.
Our one in Harrogate has a team that helps people like you to do research. The family history group of Harrogate U3A hold their monthly meeting there. You do not have to be a LDS church member and it cost nowt.
Have you tried their familysearch website. It can be a bit limited but you never know something may pop up.
Now most important do you have a family tree software program on your PC. I expect that you have not bought one.
I have 3 FT software. 2 bought and 1 free. I use the free one as it gives me the results in a format that suits me.
I then transfer the info to Family Historian in GED file format.
But I use the Free software always. Itís sometimes a bit difficult to use until you gat the hang of it as it was written by a retired Pilot who has not developed it. I think it got it to a level he was happy to use and then went on to write other stuff.
I have to say that I am going very deep into Ann & Iís Family tree. My Campbell family and Annís Moig Family or correctly her motherís side as that is a family tree researchers dream.
The Tower of London, St. Jamesís Palace, transportation to What in now Tasmania, India, Nova Scotia, England and Scotland.
In all this you need to determine what you are looking for and how wide do you spread the net.
Simply going back tracing your grandparents and back beyond that may not give you the full story. However be aware that finding the siblings of your direct family can be very informative as sometimes your direct relative can be missing but their siblings are able to be found and lead you back to your direct line. I have often come across Christian name changes either by just the name spelling, nick name, writing errors on a Census. A broad Welsh or Scots speaker talking to and Englishman etc.,
I go far far to deep into research as I have gone back 4 generations and then come forward to the descendants of those people. Some of which I share my findings.
You will find online some free family tree sheets to print off and fill in as you go. Print off at least 2 and use One as your master, the other as a working copy.
Use the master one to enter up people that you have fully confirmed as your line. You may need more than one master. One for your father the other for your motherís lines.
Depending on how serious you are you will need to subscribe to one of the website, Ancestry, Findmypast, Scotlandspeople etc.
I use Scotlandspeople a lot as thatís where our families came from. I also subscribe to Ancestry every year but manage to wangle to cheapen the costs of it. Findmypast is very good and has been invaluable in my research but only because they have a lot of info on Devon area.. I used them for 12 months 3 years ago and my use them again if required.
On all these sites you can subscribe for a month but you must cancel you subscription before the month is up.
With Ancestry it is or was very difficult to find the section or page to cancel your subscription.
In the main I use Ancestry to research stuff in Scotland and then go onto the Scotlandspeople site. This reduces the amount of credits I use.
Enough from me Good Hunting. Allan C.
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