grandfather was randall gillis death was around 1974 wife was mariam looking for or to start a family tree need help???

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It seems most unlikely that you will be able to create a link to an existing family tree based on the information you supply. Suggest you document all that you know starting with yourself so that others may be able to rcognise the patterns, names, dates, occupations and locations of your family history. Patterns are often very useful in determining family links as you can see how christian names are chosen from ancestors and used for sucessive generations. Locations can be useful as you go back in time before the industrial revolution because populations tended to be more static in agricultural communities. Also population density was very much lower and if a name occours in a village the chances are that any other occourance of that name will be related in some way.  When you run out of names in a village consider that an agricultural labourer will perhaps have attended a Hiring Fair in the nearest township and may thus have family origins on the other side of that township. More affluent ancestors such as the clergy may have records of parishes held by CofE, or education held by one of the Oxbridge universities. In this game every little helps but beware of family word of mouth. From my own experience I know that it can sometimes be very misleading.  A silk mill in Devon turned out to be in Somerset. Family origins in Spitalfields turned out to be in Cheshire.

There are others. All from the same ancestor who as it happened died in Wiltshire County Lunatic Asylum smiley!

So start getting it all down now. You can do this on your home computer with any family tree software which is capable of producing a GEDCOM file (recognisable by the file suffix .ged).

Gedcom files can be uploaded to most genealogy websites. Let us know when you are ready to upload your information to

Enjoy the joys and frustrations of genealogy.


John Shipton

Devon, England


by John Shipton G2G6 Mach 1 (15.2k points)

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