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England


Goal 1: Research



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Goal 1: Learn about research in England.


Choices


A. Get started with research in England.



    Resources and Guidelines
  1. These resources are helpful for getting started with research in England.

    FS—Wiki: England Genealogy

    FS—Getting Started, Lesson 1

  2. Learn about helpful guidelines for English research.

    BYU—English Ancestors, Getting Started
    | BYU—English Ancestors, Locations

  3. Get familiar with recommended websites for English research.

    FS—England Online Websites—57:14

  4. Use charts and templates to aid in tracking your English research.

    Family History Charts


  5. Records
  6. Learn about basic types of English records as you begin your research.

    BYU—Introduction to the Records—56:51

  7. Here is a timeline of events that led to creation of various record types.

    British Genealogy Timeline

  8. Get tips for finding records in England.

    AC—Tips for Finding Records in England
    | AC—Resources for Further Family Research

  9. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.

Exercises


B. Learn about English surnames and surname distribution.


  1. Learn about using names and surnames in English research.

    BYU—English Ancestors, Names

  2. Learn about the origin of English surnames.

    Origin of Surnames

  3. Learn about the surname variations and name changes.

    Surname Variations and Name Changes

  4. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in England.
Exercises


C. Explore English research in more depth.



    Resources
  1. Go more in depth with British Isles research with these videos.

    BYU—How to Do British Research—27:00
    | FS—England Research using FamilySearch—35:58

  2. Find additional resources for England research.

    AC—England Research Page

  3. Explore online records for England, Wales, and the Isle of Man on the Online Genealogical Index website.
  4. Explore earlier resources for British Isles research (1688-1837).

    FS—Principal Sources for British Research, Pre-1837—25:47
    | FMP— How to Break Down Brick Walls Before 1837—46:37

  5. Learn how to trace your medieval and early modern ancestors.

    FMP—Tracing your Medieval and Early Modern Ancestors—50:39


  6. Strategies
  7. Learn problem-solving strategies for British research.

    FS—British Research, Problem-Solving Strategies—4 pgs.
    | Genealogy Tips

  8. Break down brick walls in recent research with this video.

    FMP—How to break down brick walls after 1837—37:36

  9. Learn about common obstacles in British and Irish records.

    FMP—Common Obstacles Found in British Records and How to Overcome Them


  10. Handwriting
  11. Learn how to decipher English handwriting from 1500-1700.
  12. Learn English paleography in this BYU Script Tutorial.
Exercises





QUIKLinks, Misc. Records


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