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Newsletter No 1 – October 2006

Tony Robinson and Ancestry.co.uk

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to the first newsletter from www.familyhistory4all.co.uk.

I hope this message finds you all in good health.

To those of you that joined our newsletter many months ago I’d like to say a big thank you for being patient. To our new subscribers a big welcome and I hope you enjoy our newsletter. And to all our subscribers – if you have an article or amusing story to share with us then please don’t be afraid to send it for publication…you can remain anonymous if you prefer but I want you all to feel you can contribute if you want to. Just send an email to publish2002uk@yahoo.co.uk with the words ‘Newsletter item’ in the subject box. And I will include it at the first opportunity, subject to editing, if necessary of course.

If you really do enjoy our newsletters the please tell all your friends and/or relatives who may be interested in family history. Forward this newsletter by all means with our blessing. But if for any reason do don’t like some part of the newsletter, then please tell us! That way I can improve the newsletter and improve your enjoyment!

Enough of my ramblings – I don’t profess to be the greatest expert on family history…so I enlist some help from many quarters! The most recent help I’ve received is from ‘Genes Reunited’ Now you may not have heard of Genes Reunited…but I’m sure you’ve heard of their sister-site ‘Friends Reunited’! Here’s a link for www.genesreunited.co.uk/ .

Well Genes Reunited is a brilliant concept. You can join as a FREE member and enjoy many benefits. Or you could become a paid member for a measly £9.95 per year and really get your money’s worth. Believe me it’s a fantastic site and you’ll be amazed at the amount of information you can glean from joining!

And here are some simple tips for getting the most out of Genes Reunited. We hope you find them useful. You may want to print them out to make it easier to follow.

  1. ·                                 Start with your Family Tree and begin adding everyone you can remember. It may be useful to ask your family about relatives or ancestors. If you’re not sure of dates just put in a guess – you can amend it later

  2. ·                                 Now try and search for links between your relatives and other members’ families. Click on “Search” and then on “My Tree Matches” and look at the summary of the surnames in your tree. Choose a surname and view the ‘Matches In All Genes Reunited Family Trees’ (you can do this by first name, place of birth or year). You’ll then be able to select someone you think could be a relative and contact the person who has them in their tree.

  3. ·                                 If you are searching for a particular relative, and know their first and last name, go to the Name Search to find exact matches. You can then contact the member with that person in their tree to find out more. You could discover a whole new branch of your family, or uncover a skeleton in the closet!

  4. ·                                 To contact other members you need to have paid your subscription. It costs only £9.95. for a whole year – and, as well as contacting members, it lets you view their trees, post on Genes message boards and add photos to your tree. (Don’t worry, your email address is never revealed over the internet.)

Thanks for reading our tips. We hope you enjoy uncovering the secrets of your family history.

Genes Reunited.

To all our subscribers from around the world…I know Genes Reunited is a .co.uk site…but many of you will have relatives and ancestors from the UK!

Next months article will be about Ancestry.co.uk The information you can gain from Ancestry will blow your mind! If you can't wait, you'll find a link to Ancestry at the top of all pages on our site.

Do you have any problems with your research? Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one! Let us know about your problem and I’ll get my team to try to sort it out for you. This service is only available to subscribers of this newsletter. You’ll find our Email address at the bottom of this newsletter.

I can’t stress how important it is to join your local ‘Family History Society/Group’. You will gain lots of information and advice by being a member. They don’t usually charge a fortune to become a member and the benefits are enormous.

You’ll find a link on our site to most Family History Societies/Groups and if your is not listed, then pop along to the local history section at your local library and ask about your nearest group.

All our newsletters are to be archived on our site and as a subscriber you will have access to this archive directly from your newsletter. The URL will appear in the next newsletter.

That’s all for this month folks…see you soon.

Jim. Editor www.familyhistory4all.co.uk/newsletter.htm

Email: publish2002uk@yahoo.co.uk

Or: jim@familyhistory4all.co.uk

Jim Ackroyd. Address: 12 Avondale Road. Doncaster. UK. DN2 6DE

PS. For our UK subscribers. If you like to have a flutter on the National Lottery, you will find a handy link to their site at the top of the pages on our site. I buy my lotto tickets online as it’s much more convenient.

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