• Step Three ~ How Do You Know They

    What you have now is the framework of your family tree. Some of this information may be wrong, perhaps Granny’s memory is failing, or that the information recorded on the census returns is incorrect.

    To confirm these connections you will need to obtain your ancestor’s birth, marriage and death certificates. These can be obtained online from the General Record Office (GRO) (the General Register Office of Scotland (GROS) in Scotland) or through the local register office where the event was registered. It should cost you around £9.25 per certificate, which can work out quite expensive.

    However it is essential that you confirm connections this way, otherwise you can end up tracing the wrong ancestors.

    If you weren’t able to trace your family back to the time of the 1911 census, then you can do this through certificates.

    Birth, marriage & death certificates in England and Wales are available from 1st July 1837 (and from 1855 in Scotland) when civil registration was first introduced.

    These pages will help you find out all about certificates and how to go about obtaining them: