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Nick Thorne's Articles in Genealogy

  • English and Welsh Family History Research
    For all family history researchers there will be brick walls to overcome. The only way to get around these problems is to learn as much as one can from those who have encountered them before. Family tree research is fun and the detective work can become adictive, but you need to learn some of the tried and trusted techniques to do it properly.
  • Don't Rely On One Ancestor Look-Up Site
    When doing family tree research sometimes a brick wall can be hit if you rely on only using one ancestor look-up website. When I started doing family history I was taught to use more than the one and here I show you what happened when I forgot this advice.
  • What is Your Ancestor's Story?
    Your task, in doing family history research, is to find out as much as you can about where you came from. Here is the case for not restricting yourself to a straight 'genealogy' search. "Tell the stories of your living family members, richly flesh out the lives of your ancestors and so bring to life your family history". This was advice that Nick Thorne was given when he set out and asked a professional to help him with his family tree.
  • Ancestor Research and the UK Census
    The UK censuses can baffle people beginning family history, when they first encounter them. You go on to a commercial site and pay to download the image of your long lost ancestors and you are presented with an official form covered in sometimes difficult to read handwriting and what looks like lots of lines crossing out some of the data. What's it
  • Family History Society Website Breaks Down a Brick Wall
    If you're having problems researching your family tree then maybe you can learn something from my experience here. I'd got nowhere with this ancestor's vital records on or off-line. A chance revisit of a Family History Website and a brick wall in my family history research came tumbling down!
  • Ancestor Research Terms: So What Are Stepmothers, Half-Brothers, Second Cousins Once Removed?
    Family historians need to be able to understand the terms stepfather, stepmother, half-brother and second cousin twice removed when creating a family tree. The Nosey Genealogists tries to make sense of it in this extract.
  • Family Search and Ancestor Research
    Family Search is one of the biggest genealogy organizations in the world and is an important on-line tool for any family historian tracing their ancestors. Although it is run from the USA, for those of us with UK roots it still represents us well with index records with some English counties having excellent coverage. The site, however, has certain issues in the way that you can search it. One way to work around this is explored in this article.
  • Beginning Ancestor Research Online
    Family history research on the Internet is a growing pass time for many of us. The amount of information that is publisher may overwhelm the beginner and so this article sets out to explain that is best to learn as much as possible about the techniques of researching a family tree and to continue to learn as one goes along.

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