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Newsletter No. 36 - February 2010.

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I'd like to welcome my new subscribers.  I am now offering an eBook to all my subscribers totally FREE and here's the link: Genealogy Guide Please do not tell anyone about this link as it's only for subscribers. If your friends wish to subscribe they will get the guide through this link.


1. Our welcome message.

2. My latest article published on eZine Articles - Learn How to Build Your Family Tree - Family History Tips for Beginners by James Ackroyd

3. Featured Article – Family Tree terms: What are Stepfathers, Half-sisters, First Cousins Twice Removed etc? by Nick Thorne

4. Research information - Naming Patterns. Plus New GRO Fees

5. Next Months Featured Article: Family History Research - Get Talking Before Going Online - By Claire Santry


Here we are already into March 2010 and I was determined to get the February newsletter out on time. I almost made it!

Isn't technology a wonderful thing ...at times? My daughter went to Sheffield yesterday for a 4DScan! She came back with 14 brilliant photos of her, as yet, unborn daughter plus a video she can watch on TV. Unimaginable a few years ago. My wife Carol is trying to figure out how to add this information to her family tree records...I'll leave her to suss it out hehe.

Please forward this newsletter to your friends/relatives if they are interested in family history, with our compliments.

Thanks to long time subscriber 'Bill Brinkley' for pointing out that I had forgotten the 'Archive link' in some past issues. It's now back.

That's enough of my ramblings...on with the newsletter.

Jim Ackroyd

2. My latest article published on eZine Articles

Learn How to Build Your Family Tree - Family History Tips for Beginners - By James Ackroyd

Is there any wonder, with TV programs such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ that more and more people are becoming interested in family history. Family history, often referred to as genealogy, has always been popular but these TV shows make it look simple. Therefore Family History Societies and research centres have seen a massive surge in their visitors. The trouble is that many of those visitors give up on their first attempt when they see how complicated it is to research their family tree. The problem is that the TV shows make it look so simple. When a celebrity guest arrives at some research room there is always someone there to greet them and show them what they are looking for.
The reality is very different. The ordinary researchers like you and I have to do all the research ourselves. And there is an awful lot of research to do to get to the point where the one hour show ends. What the viewer does not see are the hundreds of hours of work done by many professional researchers to make the show work.
So what does the beginner do? Well there is a massive amount of information available online to help you. Most libraries have lots of family and local history information available to its readers. There are also many dedicated research venues throughout the world where you can find the information you need.
There is one source of information which should be your first port of call and that is your nearest ‘Family History Society’. Details of your nearest family history society can be found at your local library in most cases. Your local family history society will have lots of local records and even some from surrounding areas. Many societies have census records for its own area and some will have records for other areas. Most of all, you will meet like minded people who will be willing to point you in the right direction. You will find that most family historians are friendly and approachable. Their experience is invaluable. So do be sure to join your local society.
What if your ancestors lived in a different part of the country? You will still get lots of advice at your local society and you can join other societies as well.
Another way to get information about your ancestors is to build your own family history website. My wife has two such sites. One for her married name and one for her maiden name. By having contact details and a guest book on her sites, means there is a constant flow of information coming from her visitors. You’d be surprised how many distant cousins we have made contact with through these sites. That’s a real bonus.
So don’t become despondent when trying to build your family tree. There is a lot of information out there.
Good luck with your research.

Author: James Ackroyd
For lots of help getting started with your family history take a look at my ‘Family History for All’ website. There is also a monthly newsletter which you can join. The newsletter has lots of tips and advice plus an article from a guest writer each month. http://familyhistory4all.co.uk


4. Research information - Naming Patterns

When researching your family tree, knowing a standard naming pattern for the children in a family might help you in confirming your family history. The following naming pattern was supplied by Jean Lawson, Genealogist. It helps to explain why similar names were common through various generations of families.

1st son named after father's father
2nd son named after mother's father
3rd son named after father
4th son named after father's eldest brother
5th son named after mother's eldest brother

1st daughter named after mother's mother
2nd daughter named after father's mother
3rd daughter named after mother
4th daughter named after mother's eldest sister
5th daughter named after father's eldest sister

If both grandfathers had the same name, then the second son could be named after the father.

New GRO Fees:

General Register Office introduces new charges

01 March 2010

New charges for people ordering birth, marriage and death certificates were announced today by Registrar General James Hall.

From Tuesday 6  April 2010 the eight separate fees currently charged by the General Register Office (GRO) for ordering a certificate will be reduced to two - one for standard orders and one for the priority service...

"We will continue to play our part in keeping costs as low as possible  by bringing in technological efficiencies and improvements." 

The cost of ordering certificates online with a GRO reference number, using the standard service, will rise from £7.00 to £9.25. A number of other charges, however, will fall to this new standard fee, including those for certificates where customers do not know the reference number.
Three of the four priority overnight service charges will also fall to a flat fee of £23.40 More info: New GRO Fees

5. Next Months Featured Article: Family History Research - Get Talking Before Going Online - By Claire Santry

"No matter how many genealogy records go online, there is never likely to be a better resource than your own relatives for the facts and colour that reveal your family's story through the ages. These are the people who knew your ancestral characters first-hand, who heard the family tales while sitting at their grandfather's knee or who witnessed the pivotal or momentous events that occur in most generations."

I really hope you enjoyed this months newsletter. And in case you forgot earlier - Please sign the  Guestbook.

Jim. Editor

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