Family History 

Are you curious about your family's history?

Ever wondered where your ancestors came from?

Merthyr Libraries can help!

As well as a wide range of local & family history books which can help you gain skills and a better understanding of what life was like for your ancestors, Merthyr Libraries provides FREE in-house access to the following internationally recognised Genealogy services: 

Ancestry Library Edition: The world’s most popular online genealogy resource. Includes censuses, immigration records, family histories, military records, court & legal documents, directories, photos, maps, trade directories, gazetteers and more.

Find My Past: Extensive sources including birth records, census data, obituaries and more.


Read on for some useful tips on researching your Family Tree:

Step 1: Work Backwards. Start with yourself, record all your details and then write down everything you already know about your family.

Step 2: Speak to your Family. Find out what your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents & cousins know and check if anyone else in the family has done a family tree that you can copy or work with.

Step 3: Select a single surname or individual to research. Focusing your search helps to keep your research on track, reducing the chance of missing important details.

Step 4: Become a detective. Search for physical clues in drawers and boxes. Look out for documents that give names, dates and family relationships.

Step 5: Explore the internet for information. There are many databases, message boards and websites that specialise in genealogy.

Step 6: Visit the places where your family lived. Look at cemeteries, courthouses, churches and old maps for information.

Step 7: Enter all the information you’ve gathered into a family tree chart. If you’re unfamiliar with these you can find step-by-step instructions online.

Step 8: When you have gone as far as you can go, step back and take a break. Then go to Step 3 and choose a new ancestor to research!


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