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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.
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Bill Cosby
"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof."
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Shirley Abbott


Family History Guide

 

Searching For Ancestors

When researching your family history I always advise people to start with yourself. Then work back from yourself to your parents and siblings. If you don't know who your parents are then the first step would be to order your birth certificate and on there it will have both your parents names. In some cases a father is not filled in. Which would make it hard to trace but it does not mean that it's impossible.

After your parents look at your grandparents and if you are able to get a wedding certificate for them on there it will contain the father of the bride and father of the groom. On a wedding certifcate it will hold clues such as an occupation which you may or maynot know but an occupation can make it so much easier to narrowing down your search. Always look at the witnesses of a marriage certificate because in many cases they used siblings and relatives. Look at where the wedding took place which again will give you an idea of the area where they were at that time. Next I then would try searching for my grandparents birth certifcates which will confirm who their parents were. Also if they would of been alive in 1911 have a look at the 1911 census.

Census Information

The 1911 census was wrote by the hands of the head of the household. The 1911 census is the last UK census we are able to look at due to the hundred year rule. A cenus has taken place in the UK in different areas every ten years since 1801 with the exception of 1941 (second world war). The first four censuses (1801–1831) were mainly statistical: that is, mainly headcounts, with virtually no personal information. A small number of older records exist in local record offices as by-products of the notes made by enumerators in the production of those earlier censuses; these might list all persons or just the heads of households. The 1841 Census was the first to intentionally record names of all individuals in a household or institution. The 1841 asked for peoples names, occupations, age and where they were living. Each census after that required more information and the1911 census asked for First UK Census where the Census Return for a particular household or institution written directly by the "Head of Household" was used as the primary census return. It required Industry or service with which the worker is connected. How long the couple has been married. How many children were born alive, how many who are still alive, and how many who have died. "Nationality of any Person born in a Foreign Country". The final column, which had been "Deaf and Dumb, Blind, Lunatic, Imbecile, Feeble-minded", becomes "INFIRMITY :Totally Deaf and Dumb, Totally Blind, Lunatic, Imbecile, Feeble-minded".

 

1941 Census 1911 Census

Other Records

There are many records that you can look at and it all depends on the area of research. A lot of the London records are on www.ancestry.co.uk. The London Metropolitan Archives holds a lot of records on microfiche which you can go to. If you are looking in other areas of the country then you will need to go to local record offices for that area. When visiting a record office always make sure you will need before hand. Some record offices like some form of identifaction which could include a driving licence or a utility bill. Also look at opening times and parking restrictions. Just remember being organised pays you time on your searching and results.

 

Boundaries

One thing I would like to mention on family research is boundaries. Over time boundaries in the UK have changed and what you know as one area today might of been under a different county at a certain time period. For instance in 1900 Walthamstow came under Essex but today it comes under London. So if your ancestor was born in 1900 in Walthamstow and you wanted to find particular records for them you will need to look at the Essex records at Essex record office.

 

 

 


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