A guide to Tracing your Family Tree


Welcome to my course on Tracing Your Family Tree.  The course can be done in any order, but if you’re new to genealogy I would start at Part One and work your way systematically through the course.

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: First Steps

Part 3: Getting Organised

Part 4: Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Part 5: Censuses

Part 6: Information before Civil Registration

Part 7: Graveyards

Part 8: Military Records

Part 9: Wills and Probate Records

Part 10: Genealogy Software

Part 11: Genealogy Online Services

Part 12: Using Google for Genealogy

Part 13: Other Useful Sites for Genealogists

Page 14: Useful web links for Genealogists

This course is under development. I welcome any comments or suggestions on improvements.

5 thoughts on “A guide to Tracing your Family Tree”

  1. hi
    I’am currently tracing my family history and have found my great great grandfather thomas boughey who it seems was a brewer/dairyman in mill st nantwich
    Do you know of any history of that street
    Would he of run a pub

    1. Hi Paul, the following are the names of pubs on Mill Street: Blue Bell, Eagle & Child, Hawk & Buckle, Horse Shoe, King’s Head, Royal Oak, White Bear and of course the Wickstead Arms (which is still there). However, I don’t believe there was ever a pub as far down as 11 Mill Street (where Thomas Boughey is shown in the ).

      There was a Thomas Boughey at the Royal Oak (on Beam Street) in 1844. There was a Peter Boughey there before (in 1828). George Boughey was at the Three Pigeons (on Welsh Row). There’s more about these pubs in the Nnatwich pubs book – have you got a copy?

      In the 1899 Register of Parochial Voters there’s a George Boughey, whose abode is at the Star at Acton. In the description of Qualifying Property for this entry, it says “Mill street, Nantwich”.

      I think your ancestor would keep cows and make beer. There was Malt House very close on Barker Street. A byproduct from making beer is brewers grains – which are a good feed for dairy cows…

  2. Hello
    I am the great great granddaughter of George Pearson DOB 1830 who was a royal train driver and drove Hardwicke, now in the York Museum. I know George built a big fine House in Nantwich Road. I thought it was at 83 but there’s only a takeaway there. My cousin who lives in Welsh ROW, Nantwich thinks it was 33. Any guidance much appreciated. I live in New Zealand and was born Christine Elizabeth Pearson White on 6 Feb 1949 in Crewe. Hope someone can help.

    1. There was a George Pearson, who was a train driver on the 1881 census, at 83 Nantwich Road Crewe. As you say, this address now is a takeway, but I very much doubt that Full Bellies existed in 1881! George was born in Blackpool, and his wife was called Mary. When George Pearson retired, in 1899 a report says:
      “THREE MILLION MILES on THE FOOTPLATE. George Pearson, a well-known express driver on the London and North-Western Railway, has just retired from the service. He had been on the North-Westem Railway fifty-one years, and for forty-five years was a passenger train driver, principally of the Irish mail between Euston and Holyhead. He has driven over three millions of miles, and it is his pride that he has never injured a passenger”.
      I don’t have any Pearson relatives (that I am aware of) in this area.

  3. Hi there, I wonder if you could help me, I have found that a member of my family has links to Nantwich – his name is William Watkiss and I think he was born around 1405. We do not know if he was from a prominent family in Nantwich, but at some point his family moved to Wem, Shropshire. Do you have any information regarding him of members of his family.

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