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30 | www.probussouthpacific.org FEATURE has struck a balance between online and hands-on research. For her, the method may have changed slightly, but the outcome is the same. “It starts with you looking at yourself and moves to you connecting with a lot of other people. You build friendships with other people looking at the same family lines; by the time you go back a few generations there’s a lot of family lines, which is a lot of potential friends.” The experience seems universal. “As people go back into history they also go sideways, connecting and reconnecting with long-lost cousins and family members,” says Brad Argent. “A wonderful thing is that family history is making the world a smaller place. Family histories are bringing people together.” Each year, Joan now writes out the story of one generation of her grandchildren’s ancestors and presents it her grandchildren as a Christmas present. Each of them has collected several generations over the years and, as a result, they better understand their place in the world. This is not to say that knowing the exact dates of a long-past family event substantially changes anything about a person or their circumstances, but the relationship family history has given Joan's grandchildren with their grandmother can positively influence their lives. Whether online, hands-on, seriously or as a hobby, family research will continue to be one of the most popular activities in the world because of its potential to unite communities. So,ifyoufindanoteonthe headstone of your relative, ring the phone number. Whether it is your fourth cousin twice removed, or a long-lost brother, it is an invitation to join a family of friendly, enthusiastic researchers. •• As people go back into history they also go sideways, connecting and reconnecting with long-lost cousins and family members. Research and build your family tree online We have all the tools and historical records you need to get started. Create your family tree online using our FREE family tree tool. Grow your tree with the help of Ancestry HintsTM which list possible matches of people in your tree to historical records and other member trees on the site. Add further generations to your tree by accessing 7 billion searchable family history records from Australia and around the world, including the most comprehensive online index of Australian birth, marriage and death records. Learn more about your ancestors by viewing authentic images of historical records such as passenger lists from the First Fleet and other original Australian documents dating back to 1788. Plus you can also access original documents from the UK, Canada, the US and Europe. Get started today and you will be amazed at what you can discover. Join today and get your first 30 DAYS FREE* To take advantage of this great offer visit ancestry.com.au/active *Terms and conditions apply. Offer is valid until midnight AEDT 31st January 2012. For more information and full terms and conditions please visit www.ancestry.com.au/active or call 1800 250 809 (toll free from Australia) Mon to Fri 9am–8pm and Sat to Sun 9am–4pm AEDT. KAN50 AN92_KAN50_275x210_InsideHistoryAD.indd 1 27/10/11 3:20 PM
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