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If you want to research your genealogy it is easiest to start with yourself and your immediate family. Note down your birth date, the details of your siblings, and then your parents. This can be done in written notes and/or a family tree diagram. Once you've completed your immediate family you can then add in your parents' siblings - your uncles and aunts. With each of those try and find out who they married and when, then add who their children are and when they too were born.

From there you can go back further in time to your grandparents - that is your parents' parents and their siblings and build it up from there.

Once you get to the point where your parent's and other living extended family members can't tell you any more about your ancestors you may then need to start researching information from other sources. In New Zealand and throughout the Commonwealth many local governments such as District and City Councils have cemetery records online.

Here are a few New Zealand examples you can try putting your surname into. The The Tararua District Council and the Wellington City Council in the North Island and the Christchurch City Council in the South Island.

The Time Stealers  by Glynne MacLean

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the War Graves and Memorials In New Zealand also have searchable online databases. The Auckland Cenotaph Database which covers conflicts and peacekeeping New Zealanders have been involved in from 1899 until the present is also available to search online.

There are a vast array of genealogical websites across the world - many of which charge people to access their files. The Family Search site provides access to extensive free family history, family tree, and genealogy records and resources from around the world. Another free site is FreeBMD who aim to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.the of the British births deaths and marriages. As this is an ongoing project the records are not yet complete.

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