*   First Steps in Family History
Search Tracing Your Roots  *

* Introduction
*Getting Started
*Life Cycle
*Service Records
*Miscellaneous Sources
*Immigration Records
*Finding Out More
* Caribbean
* Irish
* Jewish
* South Asian


Many people think that family history has been computerised and that all you need to do is type in a name and a family tree going back centuries will be produced. While it is true that the computer, and in particular the Internet, has revolutionised genealogy, you will still need to spend time in archives, going through documents or reels of microfilm hunting for that elusive ancestor. However, nothing quite beats the thrill of suddenly finding a forebear on a film or handling a document signed by a great-great-great-grandfather.

The pages that follow will introduce you to the resources available to help in your quest and will suggest ways to help you discover the secrets of your distant family.

Introduction to tracing your roots was written by Simon Fowler.

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