Genealogy & Family Tree History Website Guide
Most people are curious about their ancestors and, with a huge amount of online genealogy resources and archives available, there’s never been a better time to satisfy that curiosity.
Genealogy is a very personal area of interest and yet it is a hobby that can foster a real community spirit, especially if you tap into the many online resources and forums available.
Genealogy is also very rewarding – there are few pastimes that allow you to not only spend time reading and looking at photographs, but to also try your hand at detective work. It’s hardly surprising that genealogy has become a fast growing hobby among people of all ages.
Uncovering your family history
Digging into your family’s past isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t have many heirlooms or old photo albums to help you get started. Luckily, there are hundreds of online resources that can teach you great genealogy tips and guide you through the process of developing your family tree. There’s even a directory of the top hundred to browse.
The BBC is a good place to get started and give yourself an idea of what kind of challenges or discoveries you might come across during your search. The National Archives also offer an excellent jumping off point for anyone who’d like to look into the military and census records of family members.
If you find you enjoy genealogy, you may be interested in joining the Society of Genealogists. Members get access to 1000’s of online records, free library access and a discount on books, lectures and events. On the other hand, if your trail goes cold and you’d like some professional help researching your family, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives might be just the organisation you’re looking for.
Not satisfied with simply learning about important figures of their past online or in books, there are many people who choose to combine their annual holiday with a fact finding mission. Specialist genealogy breaks are geared towards helping you uncover details of your family’s past but lots of other hobbyists are happy to simply travel to a place that has historical significance for their family and see what they find.
Many enthusiasts love turning their holiday into an investigation into the past, as detailed in this interesting article from Omaha magazine, as it gives their break a focus beyond simply having a good time.
More than a hobby
While lots of people take up genealogy as a hobby that let’s them find out more about their own families, there are some who find it wakens a strong yearning to continue. Rather than stop once they’ve uncovered their roots, these searchers find that it’s become more than a hobby and look for ways to help other people uncover their pasts.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- How often do you wash your bed sheets? - January 21, 2018
- Do you support the idea of a bridge spanning the English Channel? - January 21, 2018
- Beating Winter Blues: Helping the Elderly Stay Active and Engaged - January 19, 2018
- New Year, New Wardrobe - January 19, 2018
- It’s time to Outfox the Market - January 19, 2018
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!