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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

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

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

Community Level 1Dinosaur66

Dinosaur66

Family History: How we started

AdvantagesA great hobby and information for future generations

DisadvantagesCan be time consuming

"People can become interested in the history of their families for many different reasons. Our interest started in a mild way on a very enjoyable caravan holiday in Perth, Scotland. Anyone who has holidayed in Scotland will know that the place is buzzing with people from all over the world trying to trace their Scottish roots. The gift and souvenir shops all cater for this and there is an endless supply of charts and maps Etc. Showing the history ..." Read review
17.04.2009

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 4carolburns

carolburns

WHERE ARE YOU ALL?

AdvantagesGreat fun finding everyone

Disadvantagesneed plenty of time and a fair bit of money

"I started doing the Family Tree about 8 years ago as something to do for hubby Pete. He is the fourth of six children. His mother had died when he was 10 and his Dad had died when he was 4 so the only relatives he knew were his three brothers and two sisters and thier children. I don't come from a very big family and my dad had started ours. I didn't want to step on any toes so decided to do Pete's So where did I start? Well at first I kept all ..." Read review
18.06.2005

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Researching? its not as hard as you think

Advantagesvery interesting and you get a buzz when you find the ancestor you are looking for

Disadvantagestime consuming

"For a number of years we have thought about tracing our family tree and havent done much about it. With another generation arriving in the family we decided that now was the time to do it. I would like to tell you how we did it and some of the "mistakes" we made just incase you are thinking of doing your family tree. We decided to do the male side of my Husbands family. So although I have a 97 year old Mum in Law she didn't have all the details ..." Read review
08.05.2009

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Community Level 4nona1661

nona1661

Tracing your ancestors.

Advantagesvery interesting

Disadvantagescan be costly

"...trace your family: 1: Ask older member of your family for any names and date they might have, even better if the have any certificates (birth, marriage or death), as this will provide you with a starting point for your research. But fear not if you don't have this information. You can start your search with your own details. 2: Make a plan. Write down all the information you have. Don't worry about any missing date as you can always get them later. ..." Read review
11.03.2004

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Community Level 2mrs_dodger

mrs_dodger

Genealogy....what?

Advantagesnone

Disadvantagesnone

"...As a result, one member of the family was there one census year, and not the next! Invest in a good computer programme, and this will help you enormously, rather than having bits of paper with things written down on them everywhere. Cross-check everything as much as possible. Get tips from genealogy websites, such as Rootsweb.com and local Genealogy Societies - there's bound to be one near to you. Share ideas and information with people local to ..." Read review
04.11.2003

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful