Last week I treated myself to The Family History book. I have a number of online and software based family trees and have never used a book like it before. But thought I would give it a go. I can’t recommend it enough. It doesn’t matter how long you have been researching your family history, you will find it useful.
I can now clearly see how many gaps I have in my research and where they are. I found I am missing just about all the burials dates from my grandparents and great grandparents. Now this is probably due to the fact that these 20th century records are not so easily found but now I am reminded to go search.
I also discovered a number of siblings with no death dates, time to go and kill them off! And for grandparents and generations up to 3 x great grandparents there is space for marriage witnesses and census return basic details. Again useful information that should be filled in when found.
It has reminded me that many of the subscription websites such as FindmyPast have been quietly and sometimes not so quietly, adding records that I might find useful to fill in some of the gaps and so it is time to go back and have another look.
Apart from the obvious usefulness of the book, it has just been really encouraging to see just how much research I have carried out – very satisfying.
I bought my book from Amazon.co.uk but it is available from all book retailers.