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OU on the BBC: Personal Passions - Genealogy: Patsy Byrne

Updated Friday 24th June 2005

In the OU programme Personal Passions, Patsy Byrne revealed her love of seeking out the lives and stories of her ancestors. These are some of the contact points she used - and you can use as well - to trace your own family.

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Genealogy is researching your family history and ancestors. You need to collect all the information and family documents you can find to start the search; you should also ask your relatives for any information they can remember about events and people. Collect letters and photographs and keep notes of all the information you gather. The further back the information dates from, the more vague it’s likely to become, so you'll benefit from referring to books on genealogy to help you. There are lots of organisations who can help and an ever-increasing number of books and websites offering advice and techniques on the search for your family history.

Weblinks
Family History at the National Archives
Society of Genealogists

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

National Archives of Ireland

Judicial Greffe (Jersey)
British Library

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Wales

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Organisations Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London
EC1M 7BA
Tel: 0207 251 8799
Fax: 0207 250 1800

Association of Scottish Genealogists & Record Agents
51/3 Morton Hall Road
Edinburgh
EH9 2HN
Tel: 0131 667 0437

Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies
79/82 Northgate
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1BA
Tel: 01227 768664

Scottish Genealogy Society Library & Family History Centre
15 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2JL
Tel: 0131 220 3677

Family Records Centre
1 Myddelton Street
London
EC1R 1UW
Tel: 0208 392 5300
Fax: 0208 392 5307
Public Record Office
Ruskin Avenue
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU
Tel: 0208 876 3444
Fax: 0208 878 8905 ext 2497

Principal Probate Registry of the Family Division
First Avenue House
42/49 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NP
Tel: 0207 936 7000

General Register Office (Scotland)
New Register House
Edinburgh
EH1 3YT
Tel: 0131 334 0380
Fax: 0131 314 4400

Scottish Record Office
PO Box 36
HM General Register Office
Edinburgh
EH1 3YY
Tel: 0131 556 6585
Fax: 0131 557 9569
email: research@sro.gov.uk

General Register Office (Northern Ireland)
Oxford House
49/55 Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 4HL
Tel: 01232 235211
Fax: 01232 252044/252120

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast
BT9 6NY
Tel: 01232 661621
Fax: 01232 665718
email: proni@nics.gov.uk

General Register Office
Joyce House
8/11 Lombard Street East
Dublin 2
Eire
Tel: 00 3531 671 1863

National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street
Dublin 8
Eire
Tel: 00 3531 407 2300
Fax: 00 3531 407 2333

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1EW
Tel: 0131 226 4531
Fax: 0131 220 6662
email: enquiries@nls.uk

National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth
SY23 3BU
Tel: 01970 623800
Fax: 01970 615709
email: holi@llgc.org.uk

National Register of Archives (Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts)
Quality House
Quality Court
Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1HP
Tel: 0207 242 1198
Fax: 0207 831 3550
email: nrs@hmc.gov.uk

Civil Registry (Isle of Man)
Registries Building
Bucks Road
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 3AR
Tel: 01624 687038
Fax: 01624 685236

Judicial Greffe (Jersey)
States Building
10 Royal Square
St Helier
Jersey
CI
Tel: 01534 502335
Fax: 01534 502399
email: jgreffe@super.net.uk

Greffe (Guernsey)
Royal Court House
St Peter Port
Guernsey
CI
GY1 2PB
Tel: 01481 725277
Fax: 01481 715097

Books And Other Literature
First Steps in Family History
AJ Camp (Society of Genealogists)

Starting Your Family History
S Colwell (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Dictionary of Genealogy
TVH Fitzhugh (A & C Black)

First broadcast: Thursday 8 Oct 1998 on BBC TWO

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