Yes, I have traced my family tree. It became an absolute obsession whilst I was living in Turkey. I did most of it over the internet but probably need to backtrack over some of it. I also know some of it is incorrect (that's what comes of copying info from others). However, I did 'meet' with other descendents who had done some of the bits I was missing and vice versa.
My top tips would be to start with all your living relatives such as siblings, mother, father, cousins, uncles, aunts and old family friends. Make notes or tape all the information gathered such as names, dates of birth, addresses, dates of death and family legends - these can be fascinating and sometimes can be useful pointers to ancestors past activities. Try to obtain copies from family members of birth's, marriage and death certs (BMD). Invest in a family tree maker programme or similar, with the faciltiy to export and import 'gedcoms'. (A compact folder for sending family tree information). Once you have gathered all the information, input to the programme as a good start. I took out a subscription to Ancestry (just the UK one) and began to track down past relations. There are quite a number of free websites to look for births. I also found a site called 'Family tree forum'. Lots of helpful advice and encouragement on there plus loads of links to other sites. It can initially be overwhealming with the wealth of information available. In the future you may need to buy buy birth, marriage and death certs. Keep a note of all the information. You may be very surprised at what you uncover. My latest discovery is that Great Uncle Bill was a WW1 deserter but as yet, I haven't found any further infomation.
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