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Genealogy Chart for Your Researched Family Information

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

One of the most important things in this world that a person can have is their loving family. There are individuals, who completely disregard their families, but this should not be so because your family is a very reliable source of help and comfort during hard times.

Since your family is that important, then may be it would be a worthwhile experience to trace your roots. Discovering your family’s history is a very interesting activity. If you have children, then it’s also a great adventure for them. In fact, you can boast of your family’s pride that has its roots from their great-great-great grandparents. You never know but you may have a coat of arms!
Starting of from scratch can be difficult. But did you know that you can start by talking to your mother, father, aunts or uncles, your grandparents, and your cousins. These people can instantly name names of important family members that have wonderful stories behind them.

While you’re into tracing your family’s roots, why not go check your attic? Perhaps there’s an old box there where family papers like birth certificates, obituaries, letters, and cards can be found. You can find many good things about the past through certain items contained therein.

First and foremost, you need to organize all the information that you’ve gathered. If you want, you can get a free genealogy chart online so that you will only have to fill in the information. Genealogy charts are easy to download.

You might wonder what genealogy is; these are all about the studies of different family trees of families. Some individuals do it for their own family records while others make a living out of it. There are also those who conduct genealogical researches as a hobby or pastime.

Whatever your reason is, it is still best to discover one’s family tree with the aid of genealogy charts. Through the internet, it would be easier for you to conduct your own family research. Try to make use of all available resources on the net including the websites of certain organizations because they are just keystrokes away. You can also do it offline, which means browsing through the yellow pages for quite some time. But once you find what you’re looking for, it’s definitely worth it.

Many years ago, this task was almost impossible to do. Even genealogists have to spend countless hours in the library, travelling to different places just to get results, and writing campaigns. You’re lucky now especially if you have your own computer and internet connection at home. You can also log into internet shops so that you can easily conduct your research online.

There are actually two ways to record all your information. One is through a genealogy chart that you can download for free online and the other is by making your own paper chart. These two ways are effective as long as you put all our researched information on the charts provided. Another thing that you shouldn’t forget is to always maintain a backup record of all your materials. If you carefully do all of these things, then soon enough, you can have an intriguing insight about your family’s history.

Open the Door and Here are the People Genealogy Conference

Now, isn’t genealogy interesting? So what are you waiting for? Start tracing your own family tree and enjoy your journey to your ancestors.Better still why don’t you attend the 2009 International Family History Conference, Open the Door and Here are the People taking place at Nottingham in August.

Four days of lectures, including ALL meals, the banquet, ALL non-alcholic refreshments and ensuite accommodation for the three nights.

How much – just £329 less than $500!! There has never been a better time to  attend a family history conference

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Is Heraldry important

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Many family historians and indeed many local historians tend to avoid heraldry on the grounds that it is largely irrelevant. The prevailing view seems to be that, as the majority of our ancestors came from very humble origins, there is little to be gained from a knowledge of heraldry. Furthermore its obscure terminology is often seen as totally incomprehensible to all but a few misguided enthusiasts.

Whatever view one takes there is no denying that Heraldry exists and the tangible evidence is abundantly visible. It may be in the form of decoration on buildings, monuments, household objects, weapons, buttons, livery, flags, military and civic uniforms, badges and symbols of office, trade marks and tokens, etc. Important documents often bear armorial devices and seals which, in themselves, can provide valuable historical information.

I inherited a selection of military buttons and badges which confirmed my grandfather’s service as a Bombardier in the Royal Garrison Artillery over a century ago.  Some of us in the course of our research may come across school or regimental neck-ties bearing heraldic devices which we need to be able to identify. Many especially those living in rural communities who were in the service of the local squire or rector may well have worn liveries with buttons, shoulder knots or cockades displaying the devices and colours from the master’s shield.

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Skilled craftsmen in London and other major cities would have been obliged to join the appropriate Livery Company to gain the right to practise their trade where they lived. This was likely to involve their displaying the distinctive symbols at their place of work and wearing the company livery on special occasions.  Mayors and other Civic dignitaries have always flown flags and worn specific livery and chains of office featuring the Armorial Bearings of their Borough.  In London, each Ward had its own characteristic symbols usually manifested in the form of the ceremonial maces carried by the Beadles. The advent of police forces and other public service bodies, which needed specialist uniforms continued the tradition of distinctive liveries and civic symbols. This was further developed within municipal transport services, fire brigades, etc.

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