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How To Find Your Roots

Posted By admin On November 27, 2009 @ 3:11 pm In New Zealand History | Comments Disabled

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A blacksmith, a pirate or a tribal King could all form a part of your family tree. Knowing where your ancestors came from and who they were is a great way to discover your past and it is extremely interesting, after all they are the very people who made you who you are today.

To help you build a family history and a reliable family tree, here are a few genealogy tips to help you find your roots.

Research

Researching your past is very rewarding, but bear in mind that Genealogy is a large research project. It may take a lot of long hours and good patience to put together your family tree. But make a start and write down all the family members that you know of and start putting together a plan. Speak to as many family members as you can to find out addresses, towns, jobs and any reasoning behind emigration movements, which will help with the first steps to your own family tree.

Resources

Today there are so many resources available for genealogy research including plenty of great websites with databases offering death records, birth records, marriage records, immigration logs and more. Some sites are free, and some are pay sites, so you should look at each one carefully.

The NZGDB website holds the largest collection of New Zealand related genealogy data available and the site can also help you with the full creation of your family tree.

Many steps can be done online but for the really deep details, you might have to visit archives and libraries in person. Many International towns have a genealogist society that will look up this information for you and if you are lucky, some will do it for free on a voluntary basis, while others are employed by the town or library to respond to inquiries like this.

Surnames

If you are researching Irish ancestry surnames are a great way to dig up your Irish past. Irish surnames can often point to the Irish county from which your ancestors came.

However, surnames aren’t the only type of name you can use to trace your Irish ancestry. Thanks to common traditional naming patterns across the country in the 19th century, first names can also often provide an important clue as to the identities of your elusive family members. For example:

1.  The oldest son was named after the father’s father.
2.  The oldest daughter was named after the mother’s mother.
3.  The second son was named after the mother’s father.
4.  The third son was named after the father.
5.  The fourth son was named after the father’s oldest brother.
6.  The second daughter was named after the father’s mother.
7.  The third daughter was named after the mother.
8.  The fourth daughter was named after the mother’s oldest sister.

Census

There is a great Irish census which was taken as an inventory of individual household members throughout the country every 10 years between 1821 and 1911.

If you wish to use the census keep in mind that not every census still survives. Several have been lost or destroyed over the decades since they were taken. Sometimes, only parts of a census still exist, so some counties may be covered for a particular census year while others for that same year are missing.

Birth and death dates

When looking at birth dates, you should give several years scope. This is because birth dates were often not recorded until years after the birth and even then were often not remembered correctly.

Obituaries are hidden gems of information. They are the final report on the life of an individual and contain details about that person’s life that may not appear anywhere else.

Also look up Marriage Records and Military Records as these details will provide key detailed pieces of your geneaology puzzle.

Don’t give up

Finding your roots should be an enjoyable and rewarding process. If you begin to get frustrated don’t give up. Stay positive and persistent and take your time. Good luck in finding who you really are!

Here is a link which you might find useful on your journey: http://www.grownups.co.nz/list/lifestyle/genealogy [2]

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