- Focus on one or two key questions you would like help with, and what you know about the individuals concerned. A section of a family tree can be useful as other immediate family members can give perspective, but please don’t bring the full tree as space is often limited too.
- Write it all down, clearly and concisely, together with a list of the sources you have already consulted, and if the research has been done online, the search criteria used can also be helpful.
- Do not rely on being able to access your tree and information on a device that requires an internet connection. For a start it is difficult to share with your expert on a small screen such as an IPhone, and secondly everyone has the same idea so internet connections can be desperately slow!
In Linda’s own words:
‘The guide itself covers a variety of sources, both basic and advanced which could be used for research. Some of these are kept in the Berwick Record Office whilst others can be consulted further afield or online’…these sources can help ‘put flesh on bones’ and build a picture of your ancestors, their lives and the area in which they lived’.
A couple of key points that will help keep your research safe online and maintain its historical integrity:
- If you want your information to be public, keep it to an absolute minimum. Wherever possible keep it private, and only share it with those you trust.
- If you do decide to share your information, be clear on how and where it can be used. This is almost impossible to enforce - so be careful. Do not be afraid to say ‘no’.
- Make contact with the owner of any information that is of interest to you, before you dive in and use it yourself. Be polite and respectful and ensure that the record relates to your own research.