Documentary snapshots of Owen Families or Individuals
Researching family history requires working backwards through time and establishing
links, otherwise you may end up doing a lot of work producing a ‘great tree’ all
of which is totally irrelevant to your lineage.
Census and Civil Registration
Once living members of the family have have steered you back to hopefully before
1901 (in England and Wales) the place to look is the census. The times have gone
where the only way to find people in the census was to visit a record office and
plough through thousands of fiche. In my opinion the best online source for census
information, although at times it can prove frustrating, is Ancestry.co.uk it may
appear expensive but does provide a wealth of searchable data including the complete
census collection, for England and Wales, from 1841 to 1901. All Census material
is Crown copyright. Information found in the census can, hopefully, then be enhanced
and validated by obtaining birth, marriage and death certificates found by searching
the General Register Office (GRO) indexes. Civil Registration
I have a lot of information regarding census details for Owen families. Please contact
mefor more information.
To search further back, before 1837, records for baptisms, marriages and burials
are held in Parish Registers usually held at the County Record Office.
In addition to discovering dates for individuals it may be possible to obtain an
insight into their character and learn more about their day-to-day lives, some documents
may provide a physical description. If they were involved in a dispute with authority,
served their country or did something unusual evidence may still exist tucked away
just waiting to be rediscovered. A wide range of documents are stored in archives
all over the country, it is just a matter of finding what is out there.
The navigation bar will allow you to examine some of the areas into which I have
extended my avenues of research.