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Family History Guide

This guide is designed to help with family history research and provides suggestions for resources from other institutions and organisations.

What is your goal?

Photo of a large treeBefore starting to search for information for family history you need to have an idea about what you want to produce. This can change over time to reflect what you discover or are interested in however it will help you focus your efforts.

Ask yourself - Do you want to:

  • Produce a "Family Tree", following a line of ancestors back through time?
  • Produce an "Extended Family Tree", showing all of the descendants of a particular ancestor?
  • Produce an "Ancestry Chart", showing all of your ancestors through every line?

(For more information of these, see the section on Organising Your Reseach).

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