This is the first of our monthly Relatively Seeking UK, Blog Posts
Most days members of our team can be found at one of the Archives in one of the North West of England.
Toiling away viewing, microfilms, microfiche, census, voters lists, parish records, old directories or any number of other resources found there. Many of the excellent Libraries house the Archives and Records Office for the local area.
In addition to this, we spend a lot of time out and about the villages, towns and cities where ever we happen to be researching at the time.
Who else but a genealogist enjoys a day out, exploring old cemeteries. They are often found photographing and documenting graves or visiting numerous streets photographing and documenting old buildings.
Come along and meet the Team at one of the Archives.
By prior appointment, we regularly meet up with some of our clients and friends. Here we display or discuss progress and findings on their family tree projects. We will meet new friends stuck in their own research. Often our team members, experience enables us to help them out quickly. On other occasions, we can point them in the right direction for them to continue on their own account.
We often get asked to research a specific record or person for other researchers. Some of who live too far to make it economical to visit one of the North West of Englands archives. If they just need check one or two records it would be a pointless trip. We have also helped research people or places for a number of television shows about family history and genealogy books.
Reaction to our findings
People reactions vary widely we show them unknown relative or family member. Some will be elated to see an ancestors information appear as the tree grows. Others will be astonished and amazed at our findings. As more information and people are found and added, the more facts are discovered. Often they are reduced to tears, either of sadness or joy when shown their family’s history. Person by person they discover previously unknown facts as they are added to their trees.
Occasionally we or the client discover additional information or find old photos and documents that can add to their tree. These can help enhance the pleasure and confirm certain snippets of information. A favourite request is to see if any members of their family have ghosts or secrets in their past. It’s amusing to see peoples reactions when they discover an ancestor was a criminal, bigamist or something else they knew nothing about until discovered during our research.
Why not drop us a line with your own enquiries so that we can see what our Relatively Seeking UK team can do to help you with your own family history research.