(Closed) How to trace a family tree?

posted 9 years ago in Family
Post # 3
4594 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My paternal family tree has been around for years (traced back to 1066) and because we have a “famous” figure in our family and a family “society” too I think someone was hired. My paternal grandmothers side not so much (she had 10 siblings and she wasn’t able to remember most of their names for years before she died) but theres a “famous” person in her family too, so it’s not too difficult.

As for my maternal grandmothers side I can trace back 5 or 6 generations just by speaking to her; my maternal grandfather though never even knew the name of his own mother (it’s either Anne or Annie or variation), she died when he was 4.  His cousin did some reasearch into his fathers family and my brother is doing a lot of research now. From what I understand you get to the point where you need to access the records.  And since you’re in the North Dakota and your family is from Wales I think you’ll find websites invaluable

ETA: I think there is a UK specific website that might be more useful than an international one, if I can find out I will let you know. And the UK census is every XXX1 year rather than the US XXX0, might help with your search, I don’t know.

Post # 5
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My father and I are tracing back our family tree. Well, more-so him…I’m just in awe of all he’s doing. He started out doing the 1 week free trial on ancestry.com and then went ahead and purchased a membership when he found out how helpful it was. We met two different distant cousins on the website and met one a few weeks ago!

There are a lot of people out there actually who do family trees for a living and can be quite helpful. We hired a local woman who went to libraries and found lots and lots of newspaper articles we couldn’t find such as death records, etc.

Dad has grilled about everyone close family-wise to see what they know and it helps to a certain point. Back then, if family wasn’t living close, contact seemed to be lost. So I would just suggest the free trail on ancestry and go from there.

Post # 6
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@cirk:  You would be good to start with local parishes, libraries etc in Wales to start looking for family members.  Do you know roughly which area in Wales your family was from?  Try to get as much information from your relatives before you start, because, and being Welsh I can vouch 100% there wasn’t much imagination with names and you will come across a million John Jones on your search… Wink.


Post # 7
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have an Ancestry.com membership… and I can tell you it is more than worth it. At least in the United States (I haven’t traced all the way back across the pond yet), the records are thorough and it’s been easy to find connections and trace paths in my lineage. 

I was actually doing some of this earlier today and it was a lot of fun. 

Post # 12
4042 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My friend’s is really involved in this. She spends a lot of time looking for obituaries and marriage annoucements, because they usually trace all the key family members, listing siblings, spouses, kids, etc.

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