New Cousins: How to Trace Living Descendants of Your Ancestors

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 32 pages
Author: K. Bali
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781906280369
Other: 2nd ed., further reading
Publisher: Family History Partnership

This book is a guide to descendant searching - that is looking for living relatives who are also descendants of our ancestors. It can be fascinating, rewarding, and potentially life-changing. Research can lead you not to dead ancestors, but to living, breathing relatives who share your genetic heritage - members of your extended family.

Descendant searching involves using many of the same research methods as traditional family history  research to bring a search forward in time rather than working backwards chronologically. Working from a chosen ancestor or family, a researcher can trace living descendants from the same family, and link up to share information.

This booklet:
 - Shows you how to get started
 - Offers tips and guidance using the major sources for family history
 - Includes instruction of how to conduct descendant searching
 - Uses real examples from the author's case histories

Part 1. Record, Sources and Methods
 - The General Register Office
 - How Can GRO Records Help Find Living Relatives?
 - Census Records
 - How Can Census Records Help Find Living Relatives?
 - Wills
 - How Can Probate Records Help Find Living Relatives?
 - Electoral Registers
- How Can Electoral Registers Help Find Living Relatives?
 - Street and Telephone Directories
 - How Can Directories Help Find Living Relatives?
 - Local Newspapers
 - How Can Local Newspapers Help Find Living Relatives?
 - The Internet, Including Message Board Sites
 - Family History Societies
 - Getting Professional Help
 - Putting it all Together: How Information From Records Can Help You to Trace Living Relatives
Part 2. Making Contact
 - Method of Contact
 - Internet Approaches
 - When Contact Has Been Made
 - DNA Testing
 - Relationship Chart: How are we Related?
 - Arranging a Visit
Further Reading

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