If your are reading this page you have probably come to it by way of my Guild Profile page. Recently I am getting lots of enquires from that site starting with something like “seen your profile page my name is (George) trying to trace my family history what can you tell me.” Not much I’m afraid from that information, I try to tell them how many (George)’s are alive today and that I need a little bit more to go on – at the very least their date of birth.
However 9 times out of 10 I do not hear from the enquirer again. Am I asking too much? Generally speaking if you give me a date of birth of someone alive 90% of the time I can trace their parentage back to 1912, 70% of those I can trace back to 1800. But I do advise people that there is what I call the Dark ages in Family History & that is the period 1902-1912 when other than BMD Registration it is a lot harder to trace people. This is a stumbling block for many people and if you have a birth in this period & do not know who the parents where, then the only other option is to see the actual certificate. As you will see from earlier posts I do regularly purchase certificates to get beyond this point. So if you are thinking of contacting me try to give me as much info about your Grandparents (Great Grandparents) as you know, and I will be only too happy to help you and your history.