Looking for relatives of Anthony John Emery 1601

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Check out Emery-345 then use www.familysearch.org to trace the individual lines of descent and marriage. Don't worry about the missing middle name - this is not uncommon in early records. Family search.org is OK from 1538 onwards but you will sometimes be left with gaps. After June 1837 you can hop over to the civil registration records which are available on most of the fee paying websites. You probably have a large number of  lines to follow so consider what sort of subscription you want to take out depending on how long you think it will take. UK census records are good for anyone born with a lifetime including 1851 or later. They are currently useful up to 1911 in the UK. Before 1851 census records are of little use but 1841 may help if research is at at a brick wall. Census records are handy for occupations so you know what they did for a living and can start to imagine what life was like for them. In these years it can also be useful to Google the name as this will sometimes turn up the works of other researchers.

Don't be discouraged if sometimes progress grinds to a halt. One of the benefits of online research is that new record databases are being added almost on a daily basis. I had to wait several years for one of my brick walls to tumble. You may also have to look for different ways to locate information. For instance when one of my family groups sailed from England to USA all were lost at sea. There were no records of them in any of the passenger lists. Finally found them in The New York Times news pages for 1856. Even then would not have normally been able to identify them because the surnames had been corrupted from Shipton to Shipson. Name corruption is quite common and you have to look out for a scribes inability to spell in both public and church records. Some of the early records were written in Latin and this was also a variable skill.

Good luck with your researches.

John Shipton

Devon, England
by John Shipton G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)

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