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Webster's defines ancestry as a line of descent or persons initiating or comprising a line of descent. Access the ever increasing riches of the Internet's World Wide Web. See if there is a FHS dedicated to your area of research. View the IGI and refer to the library's books and materials. If you live outside the UK, complete your preliminary research before you contact organisations in the UK.

Before you begin tracing your own ancestry, write on paper what you want to accomplish. Check whether someone has previously researched your area(s) of interest. Many records exist for children and men learning a trade.

There are many record repositories and libraries in the UK that are of value to the researcher such as the various components of the British Library.

In late 1998 the Commission put its records online on the Internet.

This is a phenomenal, and free, fully searchable archive for those researchers fortunate enough to own a PC with access to the World Wide Web.

In particular, all references to the Family Record Centre are out of date, as its functions have been transferred to the National Archives at Kew.)Abbreviations Addresses Adoptions AGRA (Association of Genealogists & Record Agents)Ancestry Apprenticeship Records Archives Army, Navy & Air Force ASGRA (Association of Scottish Genealogists & Record Agents)AUGRA (Association of Ulster Genealogists & Record Agents)Bankruptcy Banns Baptisms Bernau's Index Bible Big R (British Isles Genealogical Register)Births Bishops' Transcripts BL (British Library)Books Boyd's Marriage Index Calendar Catholics Cemeteries Census Census Project Certificates Chancery Proceedings Christenings Christian Names Civil Registration Commonwealth War Graves Commission Compu Serve Computers Credit Cards CRO (County Record Office)Currer-Briggs Index Deaths Deed Poll Directories Dissenters Divorces Education Electoral Registers Emigrants FFHS (Federation of Family History Societies)FHS (Family History Society)FRC (Family Records Centre)FTM (Family Tree Magazine)GEDCOMGentleman's Magazine Gravestones GRD (Genealogical Research Directory)GRO ( General Record Office)Guides Guildhall Library Halbert's Handwriting Heraldry IGI (International Genealogical Index)IHGS (Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies)Immigrants Indexes Internet IRCs Ireland Jews Lay Subsidies LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)Local History Societies London Metropolitan Archives Manorial Records Maps Marriages Migrants Military Miscellaneous Records MIs (Monumental Inscriptions)Mormons Museums Naming Patterns Newspapers Nonconformists Occupations One-Name Study Groups Palaeography Parish Registers Pedigrees Photographs Poll Books Poor Law PRO (Public Record Office)Probate Registry Public Search Room Questions Railways & Railwaymen Record Agents Recording Information Registration Districts Scotland SH (Somerset House)So G (Society of Genealogists)Surnames Taxation Useful Addresses Wills & Administrations (Admons)Wishing & Waiting World Wide Web (of the Internet)Zummary AGRA Association of Genealogists & Record Agents ASGRA Association of Scottish Genealogists & Record Agents AUGRA Association of Ulster Genealogists & Record Agents Big R British Isles Genealogical Register BL British Library BTs Bishops' Transcripts CLRO County of London Record Office CRO County Record Office e-mail Electronic Mail FFHS Federation of Family History Societies FHC Family History Centre (of LDS), also known as FHL (FH Library) FHLC Family History Library Catalogue FHS Family History Society FRC Family Records Centre FTM Family Tree Magazine GEDCOM Genealogical Data Communication GOONS Guild of One-Name Studies GRD Genealogical Research Directory GRO General Register Office IGI International Genealogical Index IHGS Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies IRCs International Reply Coupons LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LMA London Metropolitan Archives MIs Monumental Inscriptions ONS Office of National Statistics PAF Personal Ancestral File PRO Public Record Office SH Somerset House WWW World Wide Web (of the Internet) So G Society of Genealogists (See Useful Addresses and Internet.) Adoptions have been legal in England and Wales since 1927.

Previously children were "fostered" and tracing natural parents of a fostered child is close to impossible.

The GRO maintains an Adopted Children Register and indexes thereto may be examined at FRC.

The indexes give the adopted name of the child and date of adoption but not the names of the natural parents.

Most initial research is likely to be undertaken at the FRC (perusing the Civil Registration indexes or winding through microfilms of the Victorian censuses).

Every County has a CRO and there are LDS FHCs situated in major centres throughout the world.

For those many researchers not online, information including photographs of known graves can be obtained from the Commission at 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, SL6 7DX.

Two specialists in military research are Sunset Militaria, Dinedor Cross, Herefordshire, England, HR2 6PF, telephone 44 1432 870420 who have an index to over 5.5 million soldiers entitled to medals from the First World War and Dennis James of 18 Mill Lane, Toft, Cambridgeshire, England, CB3 7RW who undertakes RAF research. Write for a list of members and specialised services to the Secretary, ASGRA, 51/53 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 2HN.

Two forms of certificate can be issued but only the full should be ordered.

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