Family Timeline

Family Tree research help and advice

Sources for finding your FH  information in your own home

Before you rush to the internet and start looking for websites to find your ancestors.

Do your groundwork first or you just won't know who you are looking for, where they are from and if who you do find are your ancestors or not. Read this first, then.....

Collect all the information you have in your own home and in your living relations homes is the first place to start , its free and it will encourage your family to look for more and help you, it teaches you the principles and good habit of record research and the details you can find on records while there are still people alive to ask further questions of, which helps you later on as you are familiar with records, understand what can be found on them, you understand the importance of citing your research to prove what you have found and can generally see very clearly the very basic  mistakes/errors that many people make by only trusting online resources, especially when one mistake can mean you are no longer researching your family.

These records are primary information, so it is more likely to be correct and you will achieve an impressive start with your family tree, also learn/hear a lot about your family which will help you when you do start looking at records in the Records Office or on Internet cited databases. These are your best resources by far living people and the records they hold, FREE, primary and will get you back 3-5 generations of proved, cited ancestry which is a great foundation for your research.

This page is available to download and print in pdf

You can download an print off some charts/forms from the links page of your choice or here is one so you can pint off and fill in as you find your information from the records you look at, they are also great to give family to fill in, especially family who you don't live near to.

Free FH software is also available to download from the links page, so you can keep all your information organised and then print off trees & reports. Advice is never build your family tree online, all the companies who offer this also harvest your information, add it to their collection of information which they then use to attract other people to see their database collected material ( much of which is inaccurate) it no longer belongs to you, it belongs to them to use or sell and if you are putting in information about living people all this can be collected and listed and is sold to marketing research companies so they can target people to sell their products. So think SAFE, don't give away private information and the easiest way to do that is not to use their free tree building services they offer.

                  Build you own Free FH website

                  Birth                                                           Marriage                    

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baby Book
  • Adoption Record
  • Pregnancy Record Card
  •  Marriage Certificate
  • Invitation and RSVP cards
  • Wedding Album\book
  • Anniversary cards

               Divorce                                                          Death             

  • Decree Nisi
  • Decree Absolute
  • Court documents
  • Solicitor/Barrister letters
  • Legal Aid/LSC documents
  • Obituary
  • Funeral Book
  • Sympathy Cards
  • Will/Probate
  • Cemetery plot document

                School                                                  Religious Activity

  • Parent letters
  • Year Books/School Photographs
  • Diplomas/Certificates/Awards
  • Achievement Roll
  • Report Cards
  • Blessings
  • Baptism Card/Christening Record
  • Conformation Record
  • Ordination Record
  • Ministerial Record 

       Everyday Life                                             Land and Home                 

  • Journal
  • Diary
  • Biography
  • Letters
  • Photographs
  • Autograph Book
  • Newspaper clippings(about a person)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Pet insurance


  • Deeds
  • Land/House Grants
  • Mortgage documents
  • Lease/Rental Contract
  • Rent Books
  • Tax notices
  • Estate Records
  • Financial Records
  • Home insurance documents
  • Council Tax letter

         Employment                                         Military Service

  • National Insurance Card
  • Wage slips
  • Curriculum Vite/Resume
  • Professional Certificates
  • Citations
  • Disability/Social Security Benefits
  • Pension forecasts
  • Private pension plans
  • Income tax returns
  • Union Records
  • Severance Records
  • Retirement Cards/Records
  • Service Book
  • Pension Records
  • Territorial Army Records
  • Citations
  • Discharge records
  • Service Medals
  • Ribbons
  • Insignias
  • Badges
  • Uniform
  • Military Memorabilia
  • Photographs 

                    Family                                                   Health

  • Bible
  • Lineages
  • Family Trees
  • Newsletters/Bulletins
  • personal letter 
  • Hospital Records/letters
  • Medical Card
  • Immunisation/Vaccination Record
  • Xrays
  • Health Insurance

            Citizenship                                        Household Items

  • Citizenship document
  • Deportment papers
  • Passport
  • Visas
  • Immigration documents
  • Engraved Items
  • Stitched Samplers
  • Tapestries/Quilts/Needlework
  • Art/Paintings/Crafts
  • Trophies

           Licenses                                            Civil & Legal Activity

  • Business/Trade
  • Drivers
  • Gun/Firearms
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Television
  • Animal Licenses
  • Bonds/Bail
  • Court Summons
  • Contracts
  • Parking tickets
  • Property Charge
  • Masonic robes/papers