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    • square bear
    • By square bear 24th Oct 17, 12:26 PM
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    Best Genealogy site?
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    • 24th Oct 17, 12:26 PM
    Best Genealogy site? 24th Oct 17 at 12:26 PM
    I'm considering starting a family tree and before I subscribe to a site wondered if anyone on here has experience of this kind of thing and which website/s are the best to use.
    I know that my local library offers a free service but sometimes, dong research from home is more comfortable and suitable for me.

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    • Newly retired
    • By Newly retired 30th Oct 17, 10:50 PM
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    Newly retired
    I use Ancestry, but have dipped into Findmypast occasionally. Also used free BMD.
    Can anyone tell me the best way to save stuff from Ancestry to my computer? I have saved some extracts from censuses and copies of certificates, but can I save my tree, or parts of it?
    What is the best software to print a tree?
    Thanks in advance.
    • square bear
    • By square bear 5th Nov 17, 10:12 AM
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    Hello again.
    I've made some more progress and found a couple of very interesting pieces of information.
    One thing, the lady relative I spoke of that was thought to have been adopted, I found that her mother remarried but the daughter retained her fathers name but her mother took on her new re-married name.
    Also, the daughter had a brother who died a few days after birth.

    Does anyone have any advice on how I could find old photos of relatives?
    Can one obtain old passport photos from somewhere, for example?

    • Grumpelstiltskin
    • By Grumpelstiltskin 7th Nov 17, 8:26 AM
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    Old photographs can be a pain. Unfortunately when people die sometimes photos are just dumped.

    You can't access passport photos.

    I have found photos of some of my ancestors online. Some Ancestry family trees have photos attached, and some were on a village history website.
    • ghostlymoron
    • By ghostlymoron 11th Aug 18, 9:08 AM
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    Genes reunited
    I started a family tree some years ago when the choice was very limited. I used recently I decided to try again and renewed my subscription but later also had a free trial on ancestry. I found that things have advanced greatly and genesreunited now appears antiquate. Ancestry is far better: easy to navigate, good information and hints which all make tracing ancestors easy and quick. I regret renewing my genes subscription but at least I have been able to port my earlier research into my computer in the .ged format.
    I would try several sites before you subscribe and pick the one you find easiest to use. It's a fascinating hobby, great for winter evenings. I'm back to 1775 on one branch but have yet to find any royal connections.
    • andydownes123
    • By andydownes123 11th Aug 18, 6:29 PM
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    None. Unless you’re happy to have your personal details ‘loaned’ to the highest bidder.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 11th Aug 18, 6:41 PM
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    M'lady mother taught me a great deal about my family, but she was a bit hazy about pre-grandparents - fair enough, she'd learned not just her family but her husband's.

    I uploaded the basics onto, and have pulled GEDCOM format copes of my work down as backups & am now back to about 1750 with a few family portraits and newspaper photo archive stuff for the faces. I'm very lucky that my great-grandmother enjoyed the hobby & published her researches (& some pretty scandalous stories) privately so I was able to sketch on a few more branches - to find through ancestry that other family members had either copies the same info or theirs matched.

    My membership has lapsed but I may go back & get an international year to chase the details on the Australian & Commonwealth branches.

    My one grouch about ancestry is I can't see how to prune branches I have inadvertently cloned...
    • harrys nan
    • By harrys nan 11th Aug 18, 6:55 PM
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    harrys nan
    Check and see if your surname is part of The Guild of one name study.

    I am a member of my maternal name and have had help back to 1500's
    Treat other's how you like to be treated.

    Harry born 23/09/2008
    New baby grandson, Louie born 28/06/2012,
    Proud nanny to two beautiful boys
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