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    Anyone dabble in this pastime?
    The missus has about 30 of credits lying in the big website but finding each search pointless.
    Any advice on proper tactics out there?

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    My gran was mad for this, she spent her life at it. She was a big cheese in the Cumbrian family history society, she may have even founded it, she had people all over the world getting in touch with her doing research and stuff.

    According to our family tree, I'm a second cousin or something of Mike Yarwood
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    The way I float and land a dry fly above the snout of a wild spotty I'm thinking there is a family connection to Fred Halford

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    Done quite a lot of this over the last 15 yrs traced my Scottish line back to the 1200s in the highlands near Skye
    Ancestry is the better site rather than "find my past".
    The best way to start is just one person usually a grandparent that you have some info on then you can start checking the 1911 census to find their parents and brothers and sisters and where they live. And then go back in time through the various yearly census details.
    Don't spread your search too wide it will widen over time.

    Drop me a pm if you want more help. Its addictive though and you may find out some things that you did not really want to know. Murders, suicides unexplained deaths etc.

    Sorry did not realise you were in Germany is it the British lineage you are trying to trace or a German line ?
    AJ
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    Did quite a lot of research into my paternal line a few years ago, going to the record offices in Sheffield then back to Kendal & Carlisle - that was before everything was on-line. Got back to the 12th century! It can be very rewarding ... and very frustrating!

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    Thanks guys.

    AJ, might just take you up on that PM. Off to the coast tomorrow for a break so perhaps next week?
    Problem my missus has is when she uses credits she is really just confirming what she already knows so it's really how search the correct records to dig further.
    Her and her old man can walk around the local cemetery and look at the resting places of family so she should have no problem starting with a Grandfather for instance.

    It is Ancestry she is registered with. I'm not in Germany, just up the top end of the UK. The location in my avatar is a piece if nonsense to fit with Frankie himself.

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    Fine Pm me when its convenient there are a lot of free sites around before ancestry no rush history is not in a hurry.

    AJ

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    Spent quite a number of years researching my direct male line. With the help of an avid follow researcher, of the same name, contacted through the Cumbria Family History Society, and some old family papers discovered in Portland, Oregon, we were able to get back to my ancestors first settlement at a Westmorland village in 1554! Some of the papers tie them back even further to the main branch of the family who lived in and close to Carlisle. It's all fascinating stuff and a real eye opener. 🤔

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    Hi, Crank, I started researching my mother's side last Nov. and moved on to my father's in Feb., using FMP on a subscription.

    The freedom a subscription gave was great for freely following leads or newspaper archives at no further cost, +ve or -ve. I started with a free trial then paid basic for two months before going deeper into people of interest with the full package.
    I was laid up with a bad leg for many months last year so it was an ideal time to immerse myself in the job and very rewarding.

    Once you've used your credits you may want to shop around if you take it further. I'm not certain of all the differences between the various sites' packages ... like access to Scottish (Ancestry, I think?) or to military records (FMP full package) included so, if the former is particularly important to you check that it is available with the site you choose.

    As alexj says, don't spread yourself too wide. After the most recent generations, who you may have known or heard of, I suggest picking one line, mother or father's, and sticking with that as a direct line. If, like me, you find your family in C18th poverty in Norfolk with little else to do at night, it can be common to find eight, even 15 children to one couple and following each of their lines can take time!

    Google is your friend. There are so many genealogical forums out there now you may find someone has done half the work for you already. The advances I made compared to my cousin's tree 5 years ago were considerable - because of others' hard work over these years now being available.

    Before I cancelled my subscription to FMP I downloaded my trees as GEDCOM files and then installed 'My Family Tree', a free programme which allows me to reference and alter any information, add photos, etc., if I want to. Just as well as FMP recently changed their T&Cs, preventing old members seeing their past work on the site. A bit shabby, I thought.

    Highlights for me were:
    Roger Barlow, the first Englishman to set foot on South American soil (1526). Wrote an account for Henry VIII.

    William Barlow, or Bishop Billy, as I like to think of him, was, with Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Cranmer, instrumental in enabling Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and the establishment of Protestantism in England and Wales (1530s). He was also personal vicar to Edward VI, imprisoned in the Tower by Mary, made three failed attempts to escape then recanted. Cranmer recanted too, but was martyred nevertheless. Billy fled to the Continent, returning to be made Bishop of Bath & Wells by Elizabeth I. (Not the baby-eating bishop, I hope!).

    Arthur Barlow, commissioned by Raleigh to explore the N. American coast in the 1590. A founder of Roanoke, England's first N. A. colony. Wrote a glowing account for Raleigh to raise more funds by. He did. The rest is history.

    Gabriel Pigott, ''.... one of the three great Norfolk Wildfowlers'' of the C.19th, a great uncle x 3, was one I felt I would have learned a lot from and felt some kinship with.

    I also found a likely link by marriage with two of my oldest friends from our mutual C19th Irish heritage. We now address one another as 'Cousin' in our emails.

    Good luck with it but beware, it can be addictive.
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    The problem with family history is that you want to know just a little bit more. the bit i regret is not starting sooner and talking to my grandparents when they were alive . They must have had so much to tell . Now sadly lost as they have passed away.

    Start early is the key.

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