I call it the merry dance between primary sources:-
first your living relatives, with birth and marriage certificates back to 1st July 1837.
England and Wales Births Marriages and Deaths are indexed from 1837 to 2004 together with the help of the online UK Census Collection
from 1841 to 1901, you can build a substantial family tree
HOW TO start your family history, some notes I wrote for beginners
and I still unreservedly recommend Family Tree Maker 2006 for advanced users and beginners alike.
Frequently asked questions:-
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