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Re: Searching for Mawsons - Introduction!
Posted by: Dave Date: June 28, 1999 at 14:42:04
In Reply to: Re: Searching for Mawsons by Rhonda Mawson of 427

Hi Phil and Rhonda,
Times have changed. Some years ago the files at Somerset House were transferred to St. Catherines House and from there they have been split up with the ones of interest to the family historian having gone to the Public Record Office (PRO).
However, the Internet has made life a lot easier for us "grave diggers" and you can find relatives without ever setting foot in a record office. I would add though that the serious historian will want to obtain proof, ie.paper records, that the relatives he finds are really his. Visits to records offices then become necessary.
Phil, you will need to start your research with your own living family. If you have a relative of 54 then his or her parents will take you back another 25 years or so and the grandparents another 25 years. Already you have a 100 years of family history within your grasp! Get copies of the birth, marriage and death certificates for they hold a wealth of information. For instance, a birth certificate of one of the aforementioned grandparents will give the names of his (or her) parents and now you have gone back well into the last century. Not a bad start.
Write to this page with your findings - someone may be able to link up with your tree. It could be me!
Tell me if you want help with useful Internet sites, computerised family tree programmes (some free!), where to get copies of certificates, etc. etc. etc.
Looking forward to your contributions!
Dave


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