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See bottom of this page for advice and guidance on how to begin your family tree research.

Chris Wareham *Assoc CIPD has been involved in various training roles since 1980; he has worked with the Police service and the National Health Service where he gained experience in Development Specialisms including:

also the production of various training materials, such as:

Plus Quality checking/audit of materials against known standards. This 'is not' proof reading specifically, although this can be conducted during the checking/audit; this is checking the content and quality of the material and questioning its fitness for purpose.

Chris has experience in delivering the following:

Qualifications Chris has achieved include:

Future development; Chris is looking toward:

Family Tree Research guidance and advice

(The following is under construction)

There are many ways to begin your research and there are many 'so called experts' who will tell you how to undertake your research.

The advice i offer is simple, logical and coaches you in developing your own way and method.

Step 1: Ask yourself, 'what do i want to know?'

Take the time to sit on your own without interruption and just give yourself time to think this through. Be aware not to rush this decision. In some cases, people will not know what they want to know. Begin with defining your purpose for starting the research. Don't be put off by 'what you might find'; this is all part of uncovering your family story.

If you are still not sure after taking the time to consider this, make yourself decide on a reason and create one if necessary; you can always amend this later to make this more purposeful.

Once you make a decision about what you would like to know, write a brief sentence in the front page of your book/sheet of paper. There may be times in your research where you forget why you are doing this and this sentence will provide some encouragement by refocusing your thought process.

Step 2: Planning

Think about a plan of action; how will you go about recording your research? Some people are not able to use Computers and may prefer using pen and paper. Either way is fine.

Your plan of action should include the following:

A chart to record who you find - we will explain the layout for this later

A notebook or Word Document that will act as your Journal. The Journal is most important as you will use it to record what you do on research days. This will include where you obtained the information from and what you obtained e.g. 14th October 2014 - Today i visited the records office in Anytown and found grandad Fred's birth certificate.

The reason for this is that as you progress your research over time, you most certainly will not remember where you have and have not been etc. The Journal will provide a means to ensure you do not waste your time by revisiting a 'place' which you already been to.


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