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30 Nov 2011 Made Easy
Researching your family tree is a fascinating and fulfilling project, but where do you begin? And what should you do if you get stuck? TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY MADE EASY takes you through the entire process, from recording the information you already know to finding the information you don't.
This easy-to-follow guide, packed with top tips and step-by-step instructions, explains how to search historical records and online resources, how to keep track of your findings and how to build your family tree on your home computer.
Find out how to check censuses and official records; how to interpret document; and how to investigate occupations such as military personnel, the medical profession and much more.
The book also includes a CD-Rom of family tree software Family Historian Starter Edition 4.1, so you can add up to 80 people to your tree, add photos and videos, and share your tree with others. System requirements for running the CD-Rom * Operating system Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP * Memory at least 40 MB of available hard drive space
Whether you are 70 or 20, discover your family's past and bring it to life with TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY MADE EASY.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (30 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901241
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent reference book for anyone starting out in family history research.

The 224 pages are divided into chapters 1. Getting started 2. The census explained. 3. Birth marriage and death. 4. Before civil registration 5. Using archives. 6. Occupations. 7. Delving further. 8. Build your family tree on a pc. 9. Genealogy friends on line. 10. Resources.

The chapter headings and order might seem odd to a beginner, but make sense as for example the census contains a lot of data, so is a good place to start. The census began around 1841 in England and is collected every 10 years, however the format/info changes up to the most recently published survey 1911. Helpful tips are included for example parts of the 1861 census are missing hence your relatives might be present on 1851 and 1871 but not in 1861. The ages recorded in the census can be rounded, and individuals may not have given correct information. For example birth place could be recorded as where they lived as a child rather than where they were actually born. The book recommends noting the source of any information, this is very useful as your tree grows and conflicting data appears, knowing the accuracy of a piece of source info can be important.

The book has a lot of pictures of various documents such as the census and marriage certificates. Many web sites are listed and it is noted which are free and which parts of subscription sites have limited free access. Screen shots of many web pages are given and the data explained.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tracing Your Family Tree Can Be Easy 6 Jan 2012
By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE
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If, like me, you have ever thought about tracing your family tree you too may have been put off by the amount of information that is available and the daunting prospect of where to start. Enter the 'which' guide to tracing your family history. I have reviewed several other 'which' guides in the past and have found them all to be well researched and easy to follow books. This volume proved to be no different.
The first section, Getting Started, sets us off on the right foot. Don't be too ambitious initially, write down what you already know, interview the more elderly members of your family, keep records. You will be surprised at the amount of information this will glean.
The next thee chapters then invite you to explore the established means of tracing your family tree; the census, births, marriages and deaths and gleaning information for the years before formal registration was in use. All three chapters offer invaluable advice on where to look for those family members.
Three sections then follow on more 'outside the box' techniques. Using and researching archives, looking at people's occupations, school records and transport.
We then look at starting to build up a family tree on a PC, perhaps the most popular way of creating a genealogy given the number of software programmes available.
Finally the book looks at genealogy on line through popular sites such as Friends Reunited and its sister site.
Throughout the book prices are quoted at 2011 values for obtaining information from places such as the Public Records Office in Kew along with subscription rates for the popular genealogy sites.
A cd-rom is included with the book containing a copy of the 'Family Historian starter edition' with instructions on how to upgrade to the full version.
Highly recommended and I've promised myself I will start work on my family tree, just as soon as I can find a bit of free time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to start tracing family history. 3 April 2014
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This guide gives some really useful hints & tips to get you going on tracing family history. The guide gives links that are free as well as the usual Ancestry etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 9 Sep 2013
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Good help in tracing your family history it also has a helpfool CD enclosed to set up a system for collecting and saving data
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By J. Lyne VINE VOICE
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I have spent quite a few days trying to uncover the past history of my family. And I must admit I found out a little bit, but it was quite hard work trawling through the many sites which claim to offer information only to present you with a page to input your credit card details before they will show you what you think is the right information.

I was therefore quite pleased to read this book and see that there are quite a few free resources available to the budding genealogist. And this book not only provides links to those sites but also gives out excellent information and tips on how to begin your search and what to do if you do not find what you are looking for. There are sections on many different types of records and how to go about building up the past. And it is all very well laid out and easy to follow. There are even tips on how to present this information in the correct manner to be preserved for posterity.

For me the biggest value were the tips on how to search effectively. Many hours were wasted looking through records and thinking that they did not contain the information I wanted, when with the help of this book I have already managed to begin to uncover another layer of my tree. Looks like another weekend in front of the computer looms!

There is a CD provided which unfortunately only works on PCs, so us ever growing Mac users will have to use one of the many online resources available such as Genesreunited to create our family trees. Or of course you could use a scroll of parchment and ink...
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I was impressed with the computer CD that came with the book which loaded in just seconds without any problems. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracing your family has just become easier.
This amazing guide is prepared in the form of a training textbook. It takes you through this maze step by step. Well constructed it is further supported by CD and software. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by badger
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to start your own family tree with ease.
I have been meaning to start a family tree for quite a few years and this "Which: Tracing Your Family History Made Easy" has finally nudged me in the right direction. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Karen Baxter
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These days there are so many books, magazines, free guides and internet programs to help people trace their family history that I thought that Tracing Your Family History Made Easy... Read more
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With more and more people looking into their family history, more and more authors are trying to get their share of the beginners market. Read more
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