Civil Registration

The Family History Show and hosts, Nick Barratt and Laura Berry, bring you valuable tips on genealogy and pointers for tracing your family’s history. In episode 2, they talk about going through the archive documents and as usual, they give helpful advice you can use, to build your family tree. Episode 2 of The Family History Show is about searching civil registration documents. It shows the latest case study, tours Stowe House and highlights a rare, antique find.

When teaching you how to extend your family tree, Nick and Laura give details on searching through local registry offices. First, focus on one individual and locate their records, at the local register’s office. Try to find dates of death among family papers, because this helps you find dates of birth, which opens up more records.

This episode of The Family History Show explains how to apply for the death and birth certificates, which can be helpful in building your family’s tree. You may be able to see the certificate online or by using the GRO website. Finding the parent’s names helps you find another level of your family tree. The marriage certificate provides information about both parents and you will find the wife’s maiden name.

Nick and Laura point out you can find the index references, order the certificate and look at the marriage certificate, to see what pertinent details it gives you. You can start working backwards to find the next set of ancestors, since the birth record can help you find parents, ages and occupations. The death certificate can help you find the date of birth.

What happens if you can’t find somebody in the indexes? Before 1875, many records may not exist, since recording births, marriages and deaths were additional steps. Maybe baptismal records and land records can be helpful. Concentrate on geography and find the registration districts covering where your ancestors might have lived. Civil registration and census documents can trace your family backwards, past the 19th century.

After the top tips, the case studies portion of The Family History Show starts. Tracing Irish ancestors is the subject and Laura mentions checking neighbors on the census or surname distribution maps, since some civil registration records may be missing. Nick and Laura mention great online websites to use for research, so have a pencil and paper, ready!

The Stowe House was owned by the Temples, and it was originally a summer entertaining palace, which expanded into more. The Family History Show gives you a tour of the beautiful grounds and landscaping, besides the lavish antiquity, paintings and statuary. The preservation of this world monument is featured in this segment.

The final segment in Episode 2 of The Family History Show is devoted to antique finds, which features a substantial trunk from the 1780’s. Nick starts delving into the owner’s actual history and finds the owner’s Will, while searching for the history of the trunk. You don’t want to miss this interesting and fact-filled episode!

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Introduction to Episode 2

Episode 2 Top Ten Tips

Episode 2 CaseHistories

Origins of Stowe

Jonathan Foyle’s Mysterious Box