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Waltham Abbey History

Raymond Sears and Jonathan Foster bring to life the history of Waltham abbey with their wide collection of publications.
Waltham Abbey Publications

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~Albert Einstein

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Births, Deaths & Marriages

The very first thing when going about starting your family tree is putting together all the information that you already know about yourself.. The tree has to begin with you because its your line that you are tracing. You may or may not have a copy of your own birth certificate but on this it will tell you where and when exactly you were born and the names of both your parents. Your own birth certificate is the key to the door of starting your family tree because on here you will have two surnames to follow depending on whether you want to trace back your mothers or your fathers side it all starts here and just remember it's like being a detective everything has to connect and everything has to be backed up with evidence to prove that you are following the correct line. Its so easy to make mistakes or follow the wrong tree.

Birth Certficate

1837 was when all births, marriages and deaths by law had to be registered for England and Wales at the register office of that district where the event had taken place. For Scotland it wasn't until 1855 and Ireland 1864 for births and deaths and 1845 for Irish marriages. Before 1837 you will have to go to the parish records for baptisms, marriage banns and burials. The origanal indexes to these entries are held at the local register office and many have been transcribed online. There are many websites such as which you can look up the information required to order a certificate. You will need the persons full name, year of birth, quarter of the year they were born in, district, area and volume and page number. After this you can go ahead and order a birth certificate. The GRO website I have found is the best to do so and then wait for it to come through the post!

Marriage Certificate

Each certificate that you order whether its a birth, marriage or death can all give you different information. Many people don't bother ordering death certificates, but sometimes the death certificate can answer many unanswered questions. The witness of the death or next of kin can be the evidence of whether you are tracing the right family or not.


Death Certificate

A death certificate will give you what the person died of, where they were when they died and may give you any witnesses of who was present when the deceased died.



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