Please state where your family is from, not just England. You must know something?

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in Policy and Style by anonymous G2G Crew (320 points)
retagged by Michael Stills
I promise to never state just England..... ;-)
I always like to say America. I spent the first half of my life working on my family tree in despair because I couldn't get past our shores. America - how boring. But once I got past the early 1800s I began to see it differently and now I am so very proud that my family, nearly all it's branches were the founders of America.
Hello, When the American Census just says England, for a couple, then look uo FREEBMD for a Marriage of your couple, if possible. The FREE BMD goes from 1837 to much later. All marriages should be registered, births are different. Check the LDS or Mormon site of freesearch. Look for an Obituary of your person as  it may show something about England. Of course check or better HTH

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Sometimes, all we know is the country.  If I am using a US census, it will say England as a place of birth for the person or a parent.
by Maureen Rosenfeld G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
selected by Dale Byers
See my reply to Michael Stills.
+7 votes

Citing sources is highly encouraged, in fact is strongly recommended. 

With that said, many online family histories are the only source of information, not the best of sources.

I see it most often stated in these books that John Smith (focus of a biography) was the son of James who was the son of William from England.

This the only information we know about William is that he was from England.

But I agree, making the effort to examine and cite our source and to give complete information is most helpful.  So if the source says Bakewell, Derbyshire, England.  Then go ahead and put in the full location and cite your source.

by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (471k points)
+8 votes
Hi Ann,  I just found out a year ago that my Smith family is from Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, England.  For almost four hundred years, no one knew that.  ;-)
by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (586k points)

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