Find Your Yorkshire Ancestors

I’m often asked to help visitors find out about their ancestors, who may have emigrated from Yorkshire in times gone by. For example:-

"I know that my great grandfather left Todmorden for the 'States sometime before the Great War. Do you know if there is any record of his family before then?"

"One of my ancestors was convicted and transported to Australia sometime in the late 1840s. Her maiden name was Jenkins and I think her family were from Heckmondwyke, near Bradford. Have you any information of what became of them?"

As much as I love to help visitors who have taken the trouble to read my articles on the Yorkshire Visitors Guide, I usually have very little luck in digging out their past. This, more often than not, is just down to lack of time on my part.

However, there are a number of web sites devoted to helping people find their roots. Whenever I get a plea from someone to “help me find my past”, I know I can best help by directing them to my favourite genealogy web site - Find My Past. They have a very useful range of free software that can help build your family tree. Help and advice is freely available. If followed, the results build into a very informative and accurate store of information. Useful and nice to have for now, and it can be passed down to future generations. Vast databases full of data taken from national census returns, registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths and even Parish Registers are held and are continually being added to.

Sometimes searches may uncover some nasty surprises. But most will also introduce family members long since forgotten or not even known about.

If you’ve ever considered building your own family tree but thought it would be too difficult you should visit Find My Past. You’ll discover that it’s really very easy to get started. Of course, Find My Past will not only help you learn about your family roots in Yorkshire, their databases cover the whole of the United Kingdom.

To find out more of what Find My Past have to offer and to take advantage of their 14 day free trial, be sure to click one of the links and get started.

Who knows what you may discover?

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