Getting Started with your Family Tree

Organising your Family Tree with a Starter Pack

Are you thinking of creating your own family tree, or considering a unique gift for someone interested in their own family history?

Over the last 25 years, I have tracked down my own ancestors from both paternal and maternal lines back to the 1600’s, and helped clients get started with their own family trees, found missing birth families and established connections with distant cousins through DNA matches. If you are keen to explore your own family tree, or have just done a DNA test and are unsure what to do next, I’m sure we’ll be able to help you, and get you started on a hobby that is virtually guaranteed to keep you fascinated for the next few decades.

For a start, we can create a family tree for you based on the information you already have, supplemented with the research from birth marriage & death records, as well as other genealogy data sources and newspapers. We can verify that the information you have is correct and can be backed up by evidence in historical records, or DNA.

If you’ve just done a DNA test, and looked through your DNA matches, but don’t recognise any of the names, we can help you get started with analysing your matches (who are all cousins) and using this information to further expand your family tree.

Our Family Tree Starter Pack, and DNA Pack are also available as gift vouchers if you’re considering something like this as a birthday or Christmas present.


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Early London Maps – Samuel Crowder 1794-1867

In the Charles Booth Archive, there is a map of London drawn in 1898 which highlights the extent of poverty in London. Charles Booth accompanied police officers on a tour of each district, street by street where they described the inhabitants, levels of poverty & crime and colour coded a map of streets from upper class & wealthy, down to lowest class to vicious, semi criminal. As my Crowder relations lived in London around this time, this seems to be a good topic to explore in the “MAPS” theme from #52ancestors this week. Could the reason they decided to relocate to the colonies be linked to changes in the social character of their neighbourhood?

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When I first started researching my family tree, it was just on my maternal Watson side, as I already had a copy of a tree inherited from my father of the paternal Kent side. This soon evolved to researching the lines of my 2 grandmothers families (Crowder & Hobson) and the lines of my half-siblings (Wall). This proved invaluable when I received the results of my first DNA test, as I was able to trace the relationships of some of my matches and also confirm the research from historical records. There were however many, many DNA matches, who completely unknown to me, which was the prompt to branch out even further.

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