People often ask why we would visit dusty repositories and musty rooms when it comes to family archival records research. In today’s digital age, the appeal of uncovering your family’s history has never been more accessible, and that accessibility can be romanticised with the ability to logon to online databases. However, for those seeking to delve deeper into their family’s past and unlock hidden stories, it often requires more than plugging names into a search bar. That’s where Born & Bred Historical Research and other professional historians and genealogists can be invaluable.
Don’t get us wrong, the use of paid databases is great, and we use them too. They give us access to records that, in the past, we would have had to travel the world to view. However, there is so much more out there that has the potential to be explored. Using experts who possess a deep understanding of historical records, how to locate, utilise, and interpret them allows for a more comprehensive research journey with the potential to uncover things you may not have known where possible. Not every record or artefact has been retained in a public setting, and it is often about knowing where to go and who to approach to gain an understanding about whether other avenues can be pursued to find the information we’re seeking.
With a wealth of experience we can also help to verify the authenticity of documents when we undertake family archival records research and can often identify the most compelling family stories which may have been hidden in the shadows.
It may take debunking a family myth or legend to uncover something even more surprising.
Whilst doing the research yourself can give you a great deal of satisfaction, sometimes you may need the help of someone like us at Born & Bred to be able to dig deeper and to help uncover your family history to preserve for generations to come.