also known as: find family tree, free family tree, genealogy, how to research family tree, start researching your family history.
It can be daunting to start to research your family history. Read this easy-to-use how-to guide to find out how you can research your family tree for free with the help of our libraries.
You might want to get started with your search straight away but
learning more about the information available will save
you time in the long run.
Click here to browse the
library catalogue to see what is available at your
Remember you can reserve books that aren't at your library
for free - click here for more information.
The following how-to guides are useful interactive online
resources that you can view for free at home or on a library
You can also use Ancestry.com for free in all
Gather all the information that you already have - photos,
documents and heirlooms. Write down everything that you already
know about your family history.
Researching your family history can be a great social
activity! Meet people with similar interests and who might
even have the information that you're looking for.
Click here for the contact details for your
local library to see if they hold any classes or clubs.
Ask friends and relations for family
information - you will hopefully build up a picture of the family
or at least fill in a few missing gaps. Record as much information
as you can, especially from older family members. Ask someone who
has already done their family history to help you start and point
you in the right direction.
Your libraries have a range of family history resources that can
help you from beginning to end. Nortumberland Libraries can still
help you even if you are well on your way with family history
Click here for more information on
Northumberland Libraries' family history resources.
Each Register Office within Northumberland keeps the original
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registers for its own District from
1837 to the present day.
For more information please click
can order a copy of a certificate through our register offices if
the certificate was issued in Northumberland after 1837 for just
£10 per certificate (or £20 priority service). You can
even order your certificate online or by telephone - for more
information please click here.
For certificates issued outside Northumberland, contact the
General Register Office. Click on the links below for:
issued in England and Wales
issued in Scotland