There are three main stages that a family historian goes through as they trace their family history.
For those that are just beginning you might like to have a look at our Starting Your Family History page. There you'll find some research tips and forms to get you started. We also have a range of Workshops and Presentations available.
Was it a DNA test that got you started? We love using DNA to help with family history research. Have a look at our posts on using the Leeds Method to get started clustering your matches.
You may even decide that you really want to know about your family but actually doing the research isn't for you. In that case have a look at our Research For Me page.
If at any stage you're not sure what to do next then Contact Us.
For those in the middle, isn't family history great!
Having been tracing your family for a while you might recognise yourself below:
- The amount of information I have is just mind blowing. In fact I've got to the stage that some of the information is actually in conflict with other information I have. Then in other places there are just huge gaps. What do I do next?
- I've bought certificates, taken lots of notes, written letters and emails, downloaded multiple documents (and sometimes the same one twice) and generally taken over the house with piles of papers.
- I have to downsize my house. What am I going to do with everything?
- I've got so far but now I'm stuck.
- I really need to go to [insert place of your choice] to get a copy of [insert document] or get a photograph of [insert place].
- I want to make contact with my cousin who the family lost touch with years ago.
- I wonder if any of the other descendants inherited family information or memorabilia?
Contact Us to find out about our mentoring and research services. We'll even help you get organised.
For those at the end of their research... okay let's just face it we never really get to the end of our research, there is always a new record collection to explore; an archive to visit or new cousins to meet.
However there does come a time when you do need to actually commit what you know to paper and to share it with your family and make it available for the future generations. Have a look at our 12 step programme Plan to Publish.
We can help you with putting together a heirloom for your family. Have a look at our Digital Scrapbooking materials and also our Pinterest page for examples of how you can present your family information and stories.
If you like the look of the scrapbooked family histories we can also help with producing your books like this or in a more traditional way and also advise on putting your family history online. Contact Us to discuss what you would like to do.
Photograph: The wedding of William Thomson and Lucy Hill Thorn, 14 January 1914, Hokitika, New Zealand.