You have listened to the tales from your relatives about how your great grandfather's second cousin lived in the far-flung reaches of the British Isles and now want to find out more. But where do you start?
A good Family History Reference book should always grace your bookshelf so that you know where to look next. We can help you with that signpost, whether you need it for finding English, Scottish, Irish or Welsh records.
Great - you now know in which direction you are going, but you keep hitting a whole load of genealogical jargon that you do not understand. A book that you can keep to hand to interpret what others are saying would be useful.
Now I see that you are wondering what sort work was involved for a blacksmith. Was it just shoeing horses or were there other tasks involved? Perhaps a book about trades and occupations would help.
What on earth does that say? You have stumbled across a parish record that seems to have been written in gibberish! It looks like Latin to me, so a book that helps you to understand this - and even one that assists you to read documents in Secretary Hand - would be a useful addition to your bookshelf.
Aha! I see that you have found traces of ancestors who came from abroad. That is not a problem as we have CDs of websites that can also point you in the right direction.
Was that an envelope of old photographs that your cousin has just given you? Having a book or two to hand that can help you to date these will be invaluable.
Now, settle down with your gradually growing family history reference library and you will be able to follow in the steps that your forefathers took.
If you need anything more as you journey through their lives, whether you prefer Genealogy Reference books on paper or on CDs, then Parish Chest will be able to meet your family history requirements and help to increase your resources. Step inside the links below to see what awaits you.