So you want to know how to find ancestors? This is where an ancestry search will help and do the legwork for you.
When first starting out on this quest to find your family tree it’s often difficult for people to decide how much research it will take to provide results. This is almost the proverbial ‘how long is a piece of string?’ Every family search will be different. A lot depends on how unusual the family name is, and where your ancestors lived.
To give an extreme example, looking for John Jones in Manchester, will take longer to identify than an Archibald Vickery living in a small village of 200 people. This is why it may be necessary to buy a certificate, to ensure we have found the right ancestor for you.
Despite a common view to the contrary it is not always a case of search for a name and everything will be revealed. A common mistake people make is that they find someone with the correct name and assume it is their family member. I always do a cross check, to rule out red herrings. However it is worth the excitement when you know you are on the right track, and that usually opens other leads.
A good place to start is with 3 hours of research, and to have a look at the report I will prepare with the results. You can then decide if you want to continue and have further research carried out.
Really, the sky is the limit. I have been doing my own family tree for years, and have one branch of my tree back to 1567. It can be very addictive, and the beauty of building your family tree is that if you hit an ‘ancestor brick wall’, and that happens as sometimes our ancestors went out of their way to avoid being recorded by Officialdom, you can change direction and follow another branch of the tree.
After all they are all your ancestors, and the people who passed their DNA down to you. It’s not just about the male line of your surname, there are all the women who married into the tree and let’s face it without the women there would be no tree.
I hope that you decide to take this journey into the past and that you experience a feeling of awe and satisfaction when you look at the results and say ‘this is my family tree.’