In the family

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Want to know more about your family history? The best starting place is the website belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—better known as the Mormons. With more than 360 million records of christenings, marriages and burials, mostly drawn from British parish records, people with roots in Britain should be able to find at least some of their ancestors on the website (http://familysearch.org). You may even be lucky enough to come away with a ready-made family tree. But you may have to get up early—before most of America is awake. The site is scoring more than 100 million hits a day. It is often overwhelmed and has to ration the time people spend searching the formidable archives. If you can’t log onto the Mormons’ site there are plenty of other places on the Net that will help you to dig up your roots. You could start with the UK & Ireland Genealogical Information Service (www.genuki.org.uk/). This site has a wealth of links as well as advice on how to get started. You won’t be able to trace the whole of your family tree through the Web—although it will become easier for people living in Britain if the Public Record Office decides to put the details of the 1901 census online in January 2002, when they cease to be secret. But you should at least be able to pinpoint where your ancestors’ records can be found. And if you’re lucky you may find the e-mail address of a distant relative who has already researched your family history. Those with Scottish ancestors can trace them through the Scottish records of births, deaths and marriages at www.origins.net. People with roots outside Britain will find a comprehensive set of global links at www.CyndisList.com/. Perhaps the easiest ancestors to trace are those of royalty. If you suspect that blue blood runs in the family you could try the truly regal website at www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/public/genealogy/royal/gedx.html. More on these topics: