you help me trace my Brogden ancestors?
I am very happy to check through my records to see if I can help. For
example, I have the UK Brogden (but not the variant spellings) births,
marriages and deaths records from 1837 to the 1980s and a large number
of lists from parish records. (These records were collected by John
Brogden of York.) Also, I've got the Brogdens in the 1901 census, but
not the variants. I've been able to help a few Brogden researchers.
If sending me a request for help, please include dates and places of
do I go about researching my Brogdens?
1. Talk with living relatives: get dates and places of birth, full names,
names of parents and relatives etc - as much detail as possible. But
bear in mind that family memories are often faulty and need checking
against the records.
2. For UK relatives born, married or dying from 1837 onwards, you can
look them up at www.1837online.com
You'll need at least an approximate year and the location. The
records show the place of the registration office which is not necessarily
the actual place of birth, marriage or death. Order copies of birth,
marriage and death certificates for these relatives because the certificates
will contain further information to aid your searches. There is a charge
for the certificates.
3. The information on the certificates will help you work back through
4. Other good sources of information are the census returns which are
available for every ten years from 1841 to 1901 and will be in local
libraries. The 1881 census can also be found at www.familysearch.org
The 1901 census can be visited at www.1901census.nationalarchives.gov.uk
with charges for searches and downloads.
5. For pre-1837 information, you will need to look at local church records
in libraries and record offices. Quite often, one record gives enough
information to lead back to another, if the records survive, of course.
6. The Church of the Latterday Saints is building up a genealogical
index (the IGI) which is often helpful but contains transcription errors
and doesn't include all the records: www.familysearch.org
7. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site at www.cwgc.org
is good for information about Brogdens in the armed services who died
Please let Mike Brogden know how you are getting on. There's
always the chance of making connections with other researchers.