Ancestors' locality

This guide was last updated in 2010

One good way to try and track your ancestors down in the records is to study local histories to find out what kinds of things they might have been up to.

For example, was their locality one from which soldiers were recruited, one expected to quarter troops, one in which fortifications were strengthened or one that suffered through siege, burning or other disaster? Did control of the area change hands; were new taxes and appointments imposed?

You might then be able to pinpoint any surviving records of these events and scour them for mention of your ancestors.

Even if you cannot find a mention by name, you will acquire a good idea of how events were likely to have affected your ancestors.

Relevant records for further research are likely to be shared between The National Archives and the relevant local or county records office: see section 4 for more details.


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