Researching family history is becoming more and more popular and with the internet, increasingly easy to do. I have been researching mine and mu husbands for about 18 months now and it has certainly proved interesting. OK so I not discovered any rich relations or famous ancestors but it has still been facinating to see how family traits have been passed down through the generations.
Going back as far as 1837 is easy as that is the date that all birth, marriages and deaths were registered and held centrally. Once you know the persons name and have a rough idea of the date on any of these events you can look through the indexes to get the reference number of the certificate you require. Then it's just a matter of sending off for it and waiting for it to arrive in the post. The result is that most family historians end up with quite a pile of BMD certificates often with a few mistake ones as well. It is likely that different historians will be after the same record if their trees overlap. For this reason I have decided to create a blog site to list the details of all the certificates I currently hold. This way, anyone can visit the blog and search on a surname to see if a relevant certificate is listed there. The site will also allow other historians to add details of any certificates they hold so that eventually it could hold details of hundreds of certificates.
I hope this site proves useful but if you have any suggestions as to how to make it better please do say.