Online Genealogy Searches Provide Results!

by : Andrew Regan



Whether you're part of a large family or you were adopted into a family as a child, it's likely that you enjoy a natural interest in family history. However, in recent years, the burgeoning demand for family history resources and genealogy services seems to have captured the imaginations of people in society more than ever before!

For many, the main reason for this has been the sudden expansion in the amount of information available on the internet for genealogy and family history research. As more and more people have the internet in their homes, it's become increasingly possible for family history buffs to discover their heritage online - a process which is ten times easier than having to explore dusty library archives for hours to find only small bits of information. The ability to scour a census for births, marriages, deaths or addresses on the web takes days off a search that would previously have been undertaken manually.

What's more, as millions of people all over the world have ancestors from the UK, the Internet allows family historians based in Canada, the United States, Australia and even New Zealand to research their family trees from home. And with some family history sites linked to modern day people finders, once you've researched your past, you might be able to find distant relatives in the present as well.

It's also become easier to trace the genesis of particular names through history. If your name is 'Churchill' or 'Dickens', for instance, it's likely that you'll be keen to trace your genealogy back through the years and establish whether you have any family connections to these famous figures in British history. And if you live in an old house and you've always been keen to discover its history, you'll be pleased to know that it's now easier to trace the history of your home. Discovering the past of a particular house can be done by exploring the lives of its previous residents, investigating key happenings in the history of your neighbourhood and even tracing the original interior design of your house to a particular date.

If you are planning to delve deeper into the history of your family, your name, or your house, you'll have a variety of modern and up-to-date resources at your disposal, with some sites allowing you to search for information from British family records reaching as far back as 1837. The BBC, for instance, runs a comprehensive family history advice section on its website, and the Guardian newspaper recently released its own guide to how to embark on a genealogy search. But, however you choose to embark on your genealogy search - whether it's on the internet or by getting cosy amongst the library shelves - make sure you stay organised. Better planning is sure to lead to more discoveries - so you'll be more able to uncover any hidden family secrets!