- From: Sue L <sleyfield@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:08:37 +0000
On 02/01/2012 09:18, roy.stockdill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Sue L wrote:hello,can I look at original birth, death and marriage certificates on line. I
I am new to this news group so please excuse my igorance but - how
have joined ancestry.co.uk but I can only find back to my
grandparents (because I know their names and birth dates) and then I am stuck. I
can view the register but that only gives me the information I have
already put in. HELP please.>
To add to the advice given you by Ian, I would suggest that you treat yourself to a decent
book on how to research your family history, since it seems you are a novice/beginner.
Next trip to Amazon then :-)
The most widely acclaimed and comprehensive book is Ancestral Trails by Mark Herber but
this is expensive and there are numerous others, some perhaps more suitable for a
beginner. I would especially recommend Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History by Pauline
Litton. See also my own Newbies' Guide, which was principally written for Yorkshire lists but
contains much general advice (although some of it needs updating).
As Ian has also told you, you need to post much more information before anyone can help
you. If your grandparents were born prior to 1911, then they should be in the census of that
year and perhaps earlier, say 1901 or even 1891. You can then follow the family back
through the generations.
You should also use FreeBMD - freebmd.rootsweb.com - which has many millions of births,
marriages and deaths records from the start of civil registration in 1837, sometimes almost
up to the present day. There are also county records for the UK at http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/
which have records from the local register offices (FreeBMD's records are from the General
Register Office for England& Wales)./
There are literally hundreds of websites for beginners in genealogy, with instructions in how
to carry out online research. I suggest you spend a few days with Google - your best friend -
finding your way around them.
And then good old google :-)
However, if you come back with more details of your grandparents, like when and where they
were born and married, I am quite sure we will find them for you!
MY gran came from a very large family, 16 siblings I think. Her name was Violet Rose Brown. She married Frank Meredith in June 1924, Cricklade Glos. I think her mothers maiden name was Colley (not sure of the spelling). To my knowledge only my gran and one sister, Laura Brown lived past teenage years. Most of the history I have found out so far places them in the Gloucester area.
Genealogical researcher, writer& lecturer
Newbies' Guide to Genealogy& Family History: www.genuki.org.uk/gs/Newbie.html
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about,
and that is not being talked about."
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