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Hi everyone

I'm pretty new here and have been having a real good scout around.

I'm wanting to do our family tree for my 3 year daughter and I'm wanting to get as much information as I can not just there names and birthdays etc. My wifes grandad was born to French parents who emigrated to England and Sheffield before they had children.

I'm not sure how far I can get with all the branches of the tree but I would like to have a good crack at it.

A big problem I'm facing is that I don't know the first thing about it or where to start so was hoping for some advice or help from people who have done this before.

Thanks for your time and any help you can offer.

Paul

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johnm

Hi everyone

I'm pretty new here and have been having a real good scout around.

I'm wanting to do our family tree for my 3 year daughter and I'm wanting to get as much information as I can not just there names and birthdays etc. My wifes grandad was born to French parents who emigrated to England and Sheffield before they had children.

I'm not sure how far I can get with all the branches of the tree but I would like to have a good crack at it.

A big problem I'm facing is that I don't know the first thing about it or where to start so was hoping for some advice or help from people who have done this before.

Thanks for your time and any help you can offer.

Paul

Hi Paul, Are you just doing your wife's tree or yours as well? A first step is to write down for everyone in the tree as much as you know about their date & place of birth, marriage & death to have a base to work from.

Was your wife's grandafather born before 1911? If so you can find him & his parents on the 1911 census & then obtain earlier generations from earlier census returns back to 1841 ( the earliest). Census data is not free but if you are strapped for cash you may get someone to do a look-up for you on either Sheffield Indexers http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/ or Sheffield FHS http://www.sheffieldfhs.org.uk/. Sites to get census data include Find my past http://www.findmypast.co.uk/home.jsp where you can have a 14 day free trial which would give you time to find plenty of free data.

A free index to births , marriages & deaths from Sep 1937 (when general registration started) up to the 1940's ( its still work in progress) can be found at http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ . These only give you the index reference though & you will need to buy teh actual certificate cost £9.25 ( just gone up from £7 - disgusting rise).

Contact me if you have more questions.

Best of luck, John

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Was your wife's grandafather born before 1911? If so you can find him & his parents on the 1911 census & then obtain earlier generations from earlier census returns back to 1841 ( the earliest). Census data is not free but if you are strapped for cash you may get someone to do a look-up for you on either Sheffield Indexers http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/ or Sheffield FHS http://www.sheffieldfhs.org.uk/.

We have been known to help on this Site too

Provide more details, names/dates/addresses and we'll see what we can do. Preferably as Johnm said before 1911, but, we do have access to quite a lot of data between us.

Welcome to the Site; keep us updated please and if we can help, we will.

Pray your ancestors were not called Smith, Jones, Brown etc - Jemima Throttlebottom, or Bertina Wildebeest are much easier to locate !

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