How To Research Those First Vital Records In Your Family History | Origins EP4

In Today’s episode we are going to take a look, at the next stage of researching your family history and take a deep dive into birth, marriage and death records, we will take a look at newspaper records and military historical records from ww1 and ww2, these are all relevant for the last 100 years and help build on your foundation research that was covered in episode 3.

This video will be perfect for beginners, seasonal researchers and the more experienced. We are going to start with Birth, Marriage and Death records or as it is commonly abbreviated too – BMD’s These are civil registration records and in the United Kingdom they were introduced nationwide in 1837, but were not made compulsory until 1875, this being said, the vast majority were registered and only one of my ancestors who was born in 1874 is missing a birth certificate. Although luckily I bridged that gap, as my grandfather had a copy of her original baptism record.

So if you find a bmd record missing, then you can check the parish records. Here in England bmd’s are provided by the GRO –…

In Scotland they are held with the national records of Scotland. – Although, one of my favourites and very easy to use, plus its free is the website – FREEBMD –

Our next topic to look at in this video is newspaper records, like obituaries and events which your family have been recorded alongside. Here in the UK You’re go to site, will be the British Newspaper Archive which is managed by the British Library. – In total, this site holds 45 million newspaper pages dating as far back as the 1700’s. They are updated constantly too, so it’s always worthwhile to check this site frequently. But anyway, the newspaper archive is a wonderful tool to search, as births, marriages and deaths are often recorded in local newspapers and obituaries too, which will offer an incredible insight into your ancestors life. You may even uncover a few skeletons in your tree too, which your family have done all they can to forget about. The final area we are going to look at in this video is military records, but those relating to WW1 and WW2. I have included this in today’s video as it incorporates the last 100 years, and this relates to the early groundwork of your research before moving on to more deeper subjects that will help take your family history further into time. There are plenty of sites available out there that will help with the research of your ww1 and ww2 family members, some of these are free and that includes the commonwealth war graves commission –

Other go to sites include Forces War Records –

Ancestry –

Find my Past –

They are all worth checking as many may hold different records. These three are all subscription based. Ancestry holds pension records, service records, medal cards and lots more. Forces War Records holds British Army daily reports – missing, dead, wounded & POWs – WWI British Officer Prisoners of War held in Germany WWI Prisoner of War Records (British & Imperial prisoners held by Germany) WWI And shot at Dawn Records And find my past includes service records medal rolls and so on. You will find a lot of crossovers between some of these sites, but they all seem to hold a few exclusive records too. So all these sites are worth a look if you’re interested in researching your military family history. You can delve deeper too and download copies of regimental war diaries from the national archives and these cost £3.50 for each pdf download. Which I think is great value for money when you consider the wealth of information you will discover written in these diaries. –…

You can even check the newspapers for information on fallen soldiers and even order a death certificate. So all three of these topics covered in this video relate to each other nicely.

Check out the video below – for the full episode

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