Tracing your Family Tree

Tracing your family tree has become a popular hobby worldwide and the internet has made it even easier to trace our ancestors, which is a good thing for anyone who has family from another country.

Getting started is simple, just decide whether you are going to trace your father’s or your mother’s side of the family first. If they aren’t alive, then you can obtain a copy of their marriage certificate and this will lead you to your first clue – The name and occupation of your Grandfather. From there you can take a guess at his age and look through the Births for that period.

There are many free online resources, such as Cyndi’s List, That’s my family and Family Search; amongst others.  You can also pay a subscription to a genealogy site like Ancestry.com which has one of the largest online collection of family history records in one place.

If you can’t afford the subscription now, ask the online payday loan company, Wonga, Canada, for the money to cover it. Their payday loans can be in your bank in minutes and you can pay them back as soon as you have been paid. Meanwhile you can get on with your search.

Once you have your Grandfather’s date of birth, try to trace his marriage, once you are sure you have the date you can apply for the marriage certificate, which will then  give you   your Great grandfather’s name and occupation.

You can also apply for birth certificates and death certificates, all of which will have some useful information to help you trace your ancestors.

Census records are invaluable for supplying information about the whole household. You can find out their address and what everybody living in that house did to make a living. The census will give you information about your aunts, uncles and cousins.

If you had ancestors that migrated from other places, or left Canada for pastures new; you can check passenger’s lists and border crossing between Canada and America.

Military records are also available, either through Ancestry, or other online sites. You will be able to look up any members of your family that were in military service between 1774 and 1948.

If you think you might have ancestors who got up to no good in Ontario, you can look through the Jail registers. Other records on Ancestry, include church records and occupational directories.

With an Ancestry subscription you can put your tree online and if you make it public, other members who are also searching for ancestors with the same name, can look at your tree to see if you have any family connections with them and vice versa.

There are also plenty of forums on line, where you ask questions and find out information on any subject that you are researching.  Rootschat is one of the biggest genealogy forums and it can give you a lot of useful information. You can contact people who will look up records that maybe aren’t available online, because they live in, or near places that you are unable to visit.

Start your search today and soon you’ll be able to paint a clearer picture of how your family lived in the past.

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