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    Anyone done their family tree?

    Did you do it yourself or pay someone? How far back did you go? Anything interesting?

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    My Dad did ours on ancestry.com. Not sure how far back he went though he was contacted through the service found that my Mum had four half brothers and sisters she knew nothing about.

    My partners dad went quite far back. He found a half sister that he never knew he had. Opened up a big can of worms. Put me off doing mine! He used ancestry.com too.

    Original Poster

    I'm pretty sure that I won't find out anything like that. My Mum died this year and I've, obviously, had to go through her stuff. I found out as far back as 1850's but want to go further back

    whatsThePoint

    My wife did hers and found out someone in the family got sent to prison … My wife did hers and found out someone in the family got sent to prison for stealing a squirrel



    X)

    no would be interesting though,think my mum had a look on ours not much exciting news to report though!

    I have gone back to 1670 on my Mothers side, took some time but found some real interesting stuff, well worth it. I had a great uncle that was killed in WW1 but was showing as fighting with an Australian regiment which really puzzled me. I was then contacted by someone in Australia explaining that he had been sent to Australia as an 'apprentice' to get out of finishing a term in borstal! Then got offered a chance to join the army to escape that.... very sad

    Original Poster

    ^^^^^Ohhhh

    My mum did ours she spent a few years doing it before she passed away.
    my family tree

    I did mine on Ancestry.com too, but could not get beyond 1720. Uncovered loads of interesting info on my lineage though!

    Original Poster

    Tell a little!

    My Dad had started ours. But he has also found on my mums side that a great aunt was hanged for a double murder.

    Original Poster

    Oh my!

    It was in the 1930's but at least my history isn't boring

    My family on my mother's side came from Europe to Cornwall in about 1700. Being Jews, I think it may have been because of the persecution of Jews at the time. The other side of the family came from Cumbria and were rich landowners, though none of that wealth came down to me :(. It seems that, resulting from a marriage, they moved to London. Some very sad deaths cause by TB and other nasties.

    Original Poster

    She must've been one of the last women to be hanged? (To Notts 6501)
    Edited by: "scabbers" 18th Dec 2010

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    Predikuesi

    My family on my mother's side came from Europe to Cornwall in about 1700. … My family on my mother's side came from Europe to Cornwall in about 1700. Being Jews, I think it may have been because of the persecution of Jews at the time. The other side of the family came from Cumbria and were rich landowners, though none of that wealth came down to me :(. It seems that, resulting from a marriage, they moved to London. Some very sad deaths cause by TB and other nasties.

    I bet it made you think a lot...you know about part of YOUR family having to flee from danger.
    Edited by: "scabbers" 18th Dec 2010

    I bet it made you think a lot...you know about part of YOUR family having … I bet it made you think a lot...you know about part of YOUR family having to flee from danger.



    Yes. I have most of their birth, marriage and death certificates, which seems to make them very real to me. They were survivors to say the least.

    Original Poster

    That's what's made me want to do a tree..my Mum died this year and when I was going through all the old photos I found birth and death certificates from way back. Think it was my great, great grandfather who fought in the Crimean war. That was as far back as I can go right now.

    scabbers

    That's what's made me want to do a tree..my Mum died this year and when I … That's what's made me want to do a tree..my Mum died this year and when I was going through all the old photos I found birth and death certificates from way back. Think it was my great, great grandfather who fought in the Crimean war. That was as far back as I can go right now.



    Contact any members of the family still around and ask for any info they have, even younger members may have been told stories which will help. Get as much as you can before you start the official searches as it can get expensive.

    The other half has done hers (work in progress still) and gone back far enough to find she is related to Atilla the Hun (which she so regrets telling me now, as I keep mentioning the family resemblance!)

    Her work is a combination of genes reunited, family who have done some and a lot of digging around and hard work.

    There was a few false leads in stuff already done so it needed a lot of serious checking out to confirm everything.

    My family goes all the way back to Jesus

    DarkKnight

    My family goes all the way back to Jesus



    Did you inherit his nose?

    Degeneratemoo

    Did you inherit his nose?



    No but i inherited his ability to walk on water, i can do it in the bath, you should see it!

    DarkKnight

    No but i inherited his ability to walk on water, i can do it in the bath, … No but i inherited his ability to walk on water, i can do it in the bath, you should see it!



    Do you do a tap dance when you have gone from one end to the other?

    Original Poster

    Thanks all for your comments so far...I defo want to do it now

    FreeBMD is a good place to start out and it is free. Also a lot of libraries have free access to the census records.

    Good luck
    Edited by: "peterpickles" 19th Dec 2010
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