1. Start with yourself and work backwards - you know your date of birth, and your parents, record all of this on a pedigree chart, or start recording in a notebook. Find any birth, marriage or death certificates you or your family may have.
2. Ask questions of all your living relatives -note anything down of interest, you never know if it will help later in your search. Never discount family stories - record them, they could be true. If not, you can find out the truth!
3. Start with one side of your family tree - if you try doing both sides or even all your grandparents, you'll get confused and end up too much going on at once. Pick one family name and make a start there.
4. If you know how to use the Internet, try free resources to help you track down your ancestors - the free website www.freebmd.org.uk is a great resource. I use it all the time!
5. When you find out where your ancestors came from in the UK, join the family history societies - each county has a society, just Google your county and society. There will be members who are more than willing to help you in anyway they can. Joining the society would be best though!
There are many more ways to get started and to research using free resources on the Internet - check back again as I will be providing more ideas.
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