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The journey to trace your family tree can be a long and interesting one, often frustrating but nevertheless rewarding. With the increased number of records available on the internet it is now easier to trace your family history than ever before and as a result genealogy has become a very popular hobby.

The JCC Genealogy Group has a number of experienced members who are more than happy to help out where they can and our weekly meetings are a friendly social gathering for like minded researchers. We meet on Tuesday mornings and operate as a self help group; for example, if you have hit a brickwall in your research you will find an opportunity to discuss it with others to see if any new ideas/suggestions can be made, or if you prefer you can come along and concentrate on your own research, using your personal laptop or one of the club’s computers.

From time to time we also hold genealogy workshops and presentations, details of which will be sent out via the googlegroup newsletter.

Group Leader- Margaret March

If you have any questions or require any further information about the group then please contact me by sending an email to moc.liamg|ygolaenegccj#moc.liamg|ygolaenegccj

The Group has a dedicated Google Group emailing list for discussion, information and questions and answers, see details above. Messages posted to the Group are received by ALL members of the Group.

For those starting out on your research this Getting Started Guide will help you in the initial stages of your research. Click here.

There are a number of useful sites available and knowing which to use and how to use them effectively can be confusing. A brief overview of the more popular sites is shown below.

Ancestry Subscription site. Probably one of the most popular sites used by genealogists. Contains census information, birth/marriage/death records, parish registers, military information, passenger lists, both for the UK and globally.
Findmypast Subscription or PPV (pay per view). Contains census information, birth/marriage/death records, parish records, military information, passenger lists. Records generally UK based.
Family Relatives Subscription. Birth/marriage/death records for England & Wales, plus the overseas database, parish registers, military records, trade directories.
British Origins Subscription. Boyd's Marriage Index, miscellaneous records of wills, apprenticeship records, London Burial Index, passenger lists.
Scotland's People PPV. The most comprehensive site for online Scottish research, including birth/marriage/death records, census returns, parish and probate records.
1911 census PPV. England & Wales 1911 census, free search facility, images can be viewed by purchasing credits. 1911 census also available on the Findmypast website, either by subscription or PPV.
Family Search A free site operated by the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Contains parish records, both submitted and extracted, for both pre and post civil registration periods. Submitted entries should be treated with caution and verified against original records.
FreeBMD Free site covering England & Wales birth/marriage/death records. Data is being transcribed by volunteers, currently complete from 1837 to approximately 1920.
FreeCen Free site. Transcription of census records, again being transcribed by volunteers. No images available. Limited coverage.
FreeReg Free site. Transcription of parish registers, volunteer project, regularly updated. No images available.
UKBMD Free site. Searchable databases of birth/marriage/death registrations with reference numbers and links for local Register Offices. Volunteer project. Limited coverage but regularly updated.
The National Archives UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.

Tracing your family tree is not just about names and dates. Once you have discovered the bare facts and traced your family back through the census, you may like to extend your research and discover more about the personal life of your ancestors in context with the social and political situation of the time.

Some basic resources which may help with your initial research:


Crime & Punishment

Military & Maritime



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