Victoria Cross Winners

If you had a relative who won the victoria cross you will find information 

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Family History
I am not an expert, but I have found information available for free online which I would like to pass on.
Great War Forum

Another place to start is a forum referring to The Great War and this one is one of the best.

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Family History ...

First of all, make a note of what you know (or think you know).

Check this information with other members of the family and revise any ideas you first had.

Ask older generations for any family stories and rumours. Make notes of who told you what and crosscheck with other family members. Ask to see photos, diaries and any documents they may have. Get them to tell you who is in the photos and WRITE IT DOWN! Make a note of anything, no matter how absurd it may seem.

Find out names and dates of birth of earlier generations including Occupations and where they lived.

 
Local Library, I have picked up lots of books on Genealogy in the " For Sale" section of my local library. They are very cheap ( the most I have paid is 50 pence) and the information contained in these books, can be very useful in understanding the way your relavies lived.
 

Ask older generations for any family stories and rumours. Make notes of who told you what and crosscheck with other family members. Ask to see photos, diaries and any documents they may have.

Get them to tell you who is in the photos and WRITE IT DOWN! Make a note of anything, no matter how absurd it may seem.

Find out names and dates of birth of earlier generations including Occupations and where they lived.

Start working backwards by buying any certificates you do not have. You will probably have your own details and possibly those of your parents, so move on to those of grandparents.

FreeBMD is a good website for finding where and when ancestors were registered,  and from about 1912 it will give you Mothers maiden name, which can be very useful to confirm you have the right person. Once you have reached about 1900, then is the time to start looking at the censuses, which are available online at various websites, FreeCEN, Family Search and others.


                                                        
                                                             Census dates.





You may find you are contacted by another researcher who says they have details of your family. This is really exciting, but you must be very careful to check any information they give you as it may not be accurate. If you find they have made an error, politely inform them of this fact, so that they can change their records if they wish.
Having joined a Forum "ASK FOR ADVICE" if you are not sure of something. Better to feel a little foolish for asking something obvious, than to take a wrong turn in your tree and have to unravel it all afterwards. Most of us have done that at some time, so do not be embarrassed to ask.

Have a browse through the material available online. There may be just the thing you are looking for there.
A possible location is Internet Archive , this has lots of old books online for free, and you may find some useful titles.
Above all, keep going. Sometimes it is nice to have a break from one branch, but do come back to it again. As you get more experienced you may find a new source of more information or you may have a sudden burst of inspiration.

Last of all, have fun. It may be frustrating at times, but when you look back and see how much you have learnt and how many wonderful people you have met on the way, it will all be worthwhile.
 
BBC Family History Information, This is a useful site to help you get started, There is useful advise here.You can also find useful family history forms Here.
 

 

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