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How I got started

Discussion in 'How I got started in Family History' started by Thomas, Dec 11, 2021.

  1. Thomas

    Thomas LostCousins Star

    Unlike most genealogists, I'm in my early 30s - although judging from the number of times I've heard people mention breaking down a brick wall that they've had for decades, I assume that a good number must've got started around my age or even younger!

    About four or five years ago, I was going through a particularly bad period of depression, and as a way to help get me out of it a friend suggested that I should take out a free trial of Ancestry and see how far I could get within the two weeks. The answer to that was apparently "just enough to get me hooked on it"!

    So far my tree is just over 4000 people, including 233 of my direct ancestors going back up to 11 generations on some lines. By a complete coincidence, I found myself living in almost the perfect location to do my research - one part of the family is from about 50 miles in one direction, another part about 70 miles in another direction, and the rest about 80 miles in a third direction - so I couldn't be much better placed if I tried, even though I had absolutely no idea about my family history when I moved here, having grown up in another part of the country entirely!
  2. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forum - it's not often a new member joins and immediately achieves Star status.

    The great thing about being a generation (or two) younger than many of us is that you'll have many more lines to research and many more relatives on the censuses that we use at LostCousins. And more 'lost cousins' to find and collaborate with, which is just as well with all those lines to research.
    What a perspicacious friend!
  3. Thomas

    Thomas LostCousins Star

    Thanks Peter! :)

    I have a good database of all my research, and I keep copies of the images of all of the census records I reference, so it was fairly simple to go through all of those, look up the reference numbers and add them to LostCousins. It was only a couple of hours' work to add all of my known ancestors up to that point.

    Somehow it has taken me this long to find out how to actually cite a census record.. until now I worked on the assumption that keeping a copy of the image was enough - which I suppose it is, but now I understand how the references work and I've been adding them to my database as well.

    I suppose my next goal is to reach Superstar status - hopefully that won't take too long!
  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Go for it!
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  5. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Superstar

    Welcome! I am another "younger" researcher, so there are some of us around!
  6. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    I too am "younger" than some so perhaps I can be allowed to join the club as well?
  7. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    It would be if all the references were shown (and clearly legible), but folio numbers are only given on every other page, and in 1911 the piece number doesn't appear anywhere in the image. There's also a tendency for researchers who don't appreciate the importance of the piece number to cut it out of the image, and when this happens it may not be obvious which census it is, let alone which piece number.
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  8. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    You might be pushing your luck, how old is 'young'??
  9. jorghes

    jorghes LostCousins Superstar

    Surely only as old as you feel?
  10. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Star

    When you get to my age it depends on my mood, how tired I am etc.
  11. Kate

    Kate LostCousins Member

    Being retired, I don't come in the young category however I have come across at least two young ones who have helped out with different branches of the family.
    I think there are quite a few who would be interested with a bit of encouragement! I was 8 when we went on a family holiday to Bury St Edmunds to look up my mum's grand mother's Tollady family. I remember poking about in a dusty archive, looking for the name, not the least bored, (I was an odd child). Social and economic history always interested me and I remember questioning my mother about the age of various houses and asking if 'they wore long skirts when those were built'. She was probably fed up with me and my questions! Later on, when I discovered census information (about 1994, having been busy with other things) I was in my element and mum was a great source of help and showed a great interest, remembering the names of distant relatives. Many of these I would find and tell her about them. Unfortunately she is no longer with us so I have to bore my children and anyone else daft enough to listen!
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