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WELCOME TO CHASING MY TALE - A FAMILY HISTORY AND RESOURCE SITE. I HOPE YOU FIND THE SITE USEFUL IN YOUR HUNT FOR YOUR OWN ANCESTORS. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT JANE IF YOU FIND ANY INACCURTACIES IN THE FAMILY TREES, OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR OWN TREE TO THE SITE. THERE ARE MANY TIPS, DOUCMENTS, IMAGES AND HELPFUL LNKS ON THESE PAGES. YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE THEM FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE.

JUST STARTING OUT ?
If you have or suspect you have ancestors who originated in England, ireland or Wales, then these liks are your best starting point. When searching for your family, it is iportant ot search in the right places. A straight search engine search will seldom produce the results you require. Follow these links for the best results:

FREE HISTORICAL EBOOKS

FAMILY TREES can be fairly boring. Lets face it, lists of names can be a dirge to read through. Bringing your family tree to life involves some research. How did your family live back in the 1600s? What was life like back then? Many of our ancestors lived in rural areas, others in the cities, some even endured the chronic plague. Many of them migrated overseas to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Eurpope. WHY? Consider this..was it fun living in the Industrial Revolution? Hot, smoggy, dirty, back-breaking hours and labour? If you were a grocers apprentice in a big city, working Gosh-awful hours, would the gold rush of South Africa lure you away from your homeland?

Old books are available for researchers who want to flesh out the lives of their ancestors.. Many of them are available for free at GUTENBERG


I have taken some of the better ones and created them into ebooks.THEY ARE IN WORD DOC FORMAT. You may download them for free by clicking on the Titles Below:

1   THE NATURAL HISTORY OF WILTSHIRE

2   THE BEAUX AND BELLES OF ENGLAND.
 
3   A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

FINDING RECORDS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Many familes ended up in South Africa. This creates a problem for researchers, as South Africa is one of the few countries in the world who destroy their census records. In addition to this, South Africa has not really done much in the way of making information easily accessible online. Things are improving and records may now be searched at the
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SOUTH AFRICA If you have a surname interest, I recommend searching all the data bases and using the surname only in your keyword search

THE BOER WAR

Many Canadians, Australians, South Africans and Englishmen served in the Boer War, as did nurses who travelled to and fro with the wounded. The records of people who served in the war are held by the War Office (national Archives UK). Here are some handy links for searching info from this aspect :

1 BOER WAR RECORDS RESOURCES

2 BOER WAR RESEARCH PAGE

SHIPPING LISTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA

These are limited, but the Hugenot refugees shipping lists are available free
HERE

GENERAL WAR RECORDS

The best site for online deathcertificates of WW1 and II can be found at the
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION.

SEARCHING THE UK ARCHIVES

THE NATIONALARCHIVES
in the uk are a great place to search for probates and wills. There is an alternative source that is searchable and many documents not listed in the National Archives can be found at ACCESS TO ARCHIVES

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OVS-Genealogy- Software Cemetery Transcriptions, Birth, Death Marriage Records, Family Histories, etc.. Add a link. Search for your surname.

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