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Tracing Your British Ancestors from Overseas

Nowadays, a few thousand miles of ocean is no barrier to discovering the history of your family. We would all love to visit the home of our ancestors but this is not always easy. However, it is still possible to discover who they were, what they did for an occupation and how they lived.

Tracing Your British Ancestors from Overseas Course is specially tailored to the needs of researchers living outside Britain. Throughout the course, the focus will be on resources available from a wide range of websites. Emphasis will be given to not just the main subscriptions websites, but many free and specialist websites that may be unknown.

Practical tips and case studies will show how to make the most of these records. With extensive guides to index searching techniques and pitfalls to avoid this course will help you to discover your family history. Whether you are a beginner, someone who needs to understand how to do things properly, or someone who has hit a brick-wall and needs a large dose of inspiration, Tracing Your British Ancestors from Overseas Course is the perfect place to start researching your British ancestry.

The course will deal with the major 19th century record sources: certificates issued by the General Register Office and the Census returns, which will enable you to research your ancestors back into the 18th century. These, together with parish registers, nonconformist records and probate documents will enable you to research back to the days of King Henry VIII. Surnames can point to even earlier origins. Scottish and Irish records will broaden the base of your research, and military records can be an essential resource.

The course consists of twelve modules and will cover the following:

  1. Getting Started
  2. GRO Indexes
    The key to birth, marriage and death certificates.
  3. Hatch, Match and Despatch
    The certificates of births, marriages and deaths
  4. Census Returns
    Tracing family groups from 1841 to 1911 plus the 1939 National Identity Register records
  5. Parish Registers
    Records of baptisms, marriages and burials that were introduced during the reign of King Henry VIII.
  6. Formatting a Family Tree
    How to record your results
  7. Scottish & Irish Records
  8. Probate
    How to find and interpret wills
  9. Nonconformity
    The movements, the records and the politics
  10. Names
    How surnames can assist in your research
  11. Military Records
    The Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  12. Pulling it all Together so many sources to call upon

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