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Provide as much detail as you can

If you know your ancestor’s middle name, or just an initial, this will narrow down your results. Also try to use places and dates wherever possible, even if you have to guess.

Start with the census

The best records to start with are usually our censuses, 1841-1911. Many of you will have grandparents or even parents who were alive in 1911, so try searching for them first.

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