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Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree by Hannah Howe Have you ever thought about researching your family tree? The new year is a good time to start such a venture, but where should you begin? The obvious answer is with your relatives. Talk with as many of them as possible and make a note of the stories they tell you. Myths and legends grow over the years, but quite often you will discover that there is at least a grain of truth even in the most unlikely story. Next, sketch out a rough family tree based on what you know, paying careful attention to names, births, places of residence, marriages and deaths. Don’t worry about the gaps in your family tree or any missing information - you can add these details as you go along.

their lives and their loves, their moments of happiness and heartbreak, their financial situation, how they spent their leisure time, and much more. In fact, I gathered so much information that I feel as though I know my Victorian ancestors better than some of my contemporary relatives.

Also pay attention to family records, such as letters, diaries and Bibles. Here are two examples from my research.

In the family Bible, I also discovered a letter written by my 2nd great aunt, Mary Ann Howe.

My 2 x great grandfather, William Howe, was a deacon in the local Methodist chapel. He owned a huge, impressive Bible, which has remained in my family. William recorded his

Mary Ann was born on 20 June 1858 in South Corneli, Glamorgan. Like her mother, Mary, Mary Ann was a dressmaker. As well as sentimental value, her letter is a mine of information. Written in English by a native Welsh speaker, Mary Ann’s letter mentions using the recently installed railway network and, more poignantly, states that she is well ‘at present’. Mary Ann endured poor health throughout her short life and died on

birth date, his wife, Ann’s, details, and the birthdays of their children. This gave me a starting point to discover more about my Victorian ancestors. From there, I learned about - 14 -

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Happy New Year to All Our Readers! In our New Year issue... Surviving the Stone Age Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree Nicolas Winton...

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