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Researching The Herridge Name

For beginners I would highly recommend paying a visit to the Federation of Family History Societies website, in particular their research tips page, which in turn will lead you to the useful websites page

Where do I start with the Herridge's?

You need to start somewhere, so why not yourself. Collect together your birth, marriage certificates etc. They contain a wealth of information that can prove to be useful learning process as you progress further with your tree. Next is to talk with all your living relatives and glean as much information as possible including birth/marriage/death certificates where possible + any photographs that could be useful.

In theory you should get back to the 1901 census quite easily. From here you can use a couple of free resources that you could try but unfortunately these are not complete. The free UK Census online FreeCEN covers census records. FreeBMD is the Birth/Marriage/Death index.

Now that you have started to piece your tree together, you now need to record all this wealth of information! I'm a great believer in free software. Take a trip to the Latter Day Saints website and download their free PAF 5 genealogy program. They also provide a package for manually recording your tree on paper. The LDS site also provides a search facility for the 1881 census and early parish records going back the early 1500's. Researcher's can also submit their family trees as an Ancestral File which is added to the LDS database. A word of warning: never take the results of a search for granted. Always, always double check where possible the information via other sources. The transcribers were never infalible and mistakes were made!

When searching, remember to use the variations in the surname:

HEDDYTCHE HEADACH HEADACHE HEADACK
HEDACH HEDACHE HEADEACH HEDEACH
HEDDITCH HEDITCH HEADAGE HEDDAGE
HEDACK HEADIGE HEDAGE HEDAGS
HEREDG HERRAGE HERAGE HERRIGE
HERRIG HERIDGE ERRIDGE ERIDGE

to name but a few! !

It's probably crunch time now to make a decision on whether to subscribe to a pay-per-view site. There are several very good sites to choose from including Ancestry, FindMyPast and The Genealogist. All provide varying degree's of records to look at. You could also choose to join the Berks FHS who have a wealth of information and knowledge who are convienantly situated next door to the Berkshire Record Office.

Hopefully, once this website evolves, the information available here, will assist you in your search for ancestors.

 
 
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