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Member Advice on Researching Family History

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I have a problem that might be verging on the point of becoming an addiction - I spend quite a lot of time learning about dead people! But not just any dead people - this lot are my ancestors, so I hope that gives me some kind of excuse. My head, my notebooks and two separate lever arch files ... Read review

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Shoemakers, chicken stealers, farmhands and gamekeepers?

Advantagesreveals the story behind your family, there's always something unusual to know

Disadvantagesit's a seriously addictive hobby, requires time or money or both!

"I have a problem that might be verging on the point of becoming an addiction - I spend quite a lot of time learning about dead people! But not just any dead people - this lot are my ancestors, so I hope that gives me some kind of excuse. My head, my notebooks and two separate lever arch files are now full to bursting point with notes, census details, certificates for births, marriages and deaths, little plastic hole-punched pockets containing delicate ..." Read review
28.11.2009

Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional

IF CIAO IS CAFFEINE, THIS IS MY CRACK COCAINE.

AdvantagesAddictive, you'll never know who you might meet, where you might travel

DisadvantagesLike any passion can be costly in time and money

"There are few of us these days who do not have at least a sneaking curiosity in discovering who we are and where we came from. This interest has been heightened by the exploits and experiences of celebrities in tracing their own family histories in such programmes as BBC Television's "Who do you think you are?". Who knows for certain that there is not a prince or a knight lurking in the distant past? Or deeds of bravery or scandals long forgotten? ..." Read review
28.12.2005

Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional

Community Level 6phoenixgreen

phoenixgreen

THE SECRETS OF THE LONG AGO FOLK

AdvantagesTHE FEELING OF BELONGING TO SOMETHING IS LIKE NOTHING ELSE

Disadvantages IT'S HARD WORK AND YOU OFTEN UNCOVER THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT.

"Family History Searching out The Secrets of The Long Ago Folk All the years I was growing up, my aunties and uncles on my dad's side would comment on how much I looked like their mother. I remember being stopped in the street when I was 11 by an old woman who said, rather mysteriously, that I must be one of Isobella's. I was at the age of being desperately shy and embarrassed at being stopped by old ladies in front of my sisters and cousins, ..." Read review
16.01.2007

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 8Louise90

Louise90

History is a load of old cobblers, is it?! Review with images

AdvantagesGreat fun. You never know what you will find!

DisadvantagesThe cost!

"...forget. And if one member of the family don't know the answer to one question, don't give up! Ask someone else! This happened to me. Dad didn't know what part of the army Grandad was in. Thankfully I asked my Uncle and he told me! Of course I scribbled it all down! You know, there's so much out there to discover and look through. And you'll have to be patient, and searching through the records in your local library or records office can be time ..." Read review
19.02.2005

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Community Level 3Wisegirl

Wisegirl

Do you know where you come from?

AdvantagesAbsorbing and addictive

DisadvantagesMight not always like what you find

"Do you really know where you come from? You may think you do, but once you start delving into your family history I can assure you there will be surprises, some good, some bad and some just downright sad. Just think about that before you embark on the journey back in time and be prepared! It can be a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs and frustrations but at the same time addictive and time consuming. Would I recommend it YES and you've guessed ..." Read review
21.02.2008

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

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