Genealogy   -  Unlock Your Family's Past
Bev Parker

Collating Your Results
When you have finally finished your research, its time to think about writing it up. By now you will not only have enough information to produce your family tree, but you can also produce a description of family life going back to at least the turn of the century. This will particularly interest the younger members of the family. If you used
a tape recorder when you did your family interviews, you can include some of the recordings, as this brings it alive.

Old photographs are also useful in this respect, putting a face to someone helps bring them back to life. Cemetery records, photographs of graves and maps will help family members when they visit long lost ancestors. Although it may seem like a big project its extremely worthwhile, especially after all of the effort that has gone into obtaining the information. If you have access to a computer with some kind of desk-top publishing software, you can produce an extremely professional result, which will be easy to duplicate.

Everyone in the family will be interested to see your results, and what better present could you give them for Christmas than their own history.

pcard.jpg (24901 bytes) Any old documents such as postcards can add a lot of detail to your research.

As with photographs they also help to jog people's memories, so that the information on the card can be expanded.

I hope your research goes well. It can be a very enjoyable and rewarding pastime. To finish I have added the addresses and contact details of the local archives in the Black Country.

Useful Local Addresses:

Wolverhampton City Archives
Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill
West Midlands
Tel: 01902 552480

Walsall Local History Centre
Essex Street
West Midlands
Tel: 01922 721305

Dudley Archives and Local History Centre
Tipton Road
DY1 4SQ (next to the Black Country Living Museum)
Tel: 01384 812770

Sandwell Community History & Archives Service
Smethwick Library
High Street
West Midlands
B66 1AB
Tel: 0121 558 2561

The County Record Office
Eastgate Street
ST16 2LZ
(behind the William Salt Library)
Tel: 01785 278379

Return to the
previous page
  Return to
the contents