Blog Create Your Family Tree If you are looking for something to do with the whole family while on Lockdown, why not take this time to research your family history? It is a great way to get young children interested in the past, and who knows - you might discover something amazing! A good place to start is old family photo albums. See how many people you can identify and start to map out how you are all related (there are some good templates online that can help you with designing your tree). Don't forget to have a good laugh at the dodgy fashion choices! During Lockdown, it is more important than ever to check in with loved ones, so why not call up grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members to ask them about any stories they have. Maybe they can tell you about their childhood, or about their grandparents. Make sure you record the stories somewhere! Now is a good time to also use online resources to explore further into the past. How far back can you go? Are you related to anyone who fought in WW2? Can you identify any family members who were born in the Victorian age? What sort of jobs did people do? How long has your family lived in the same area? There are some wonderful free resources online to start your journey into your family's past. We've listed a few below: If you are a Surrey resident, you can use Find My Past for free. Find out more by visiting Exploring Surrey's Past. www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/findmypast/ Commonwealth and War Grave Commission allow you to search for war dead as far back as the WW1. www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead National Archives has digitilised lots of their records, and can be searched using their online catalogue: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Let us know how you get on and have fun! Can you help us deliver projects to care for local heritage and the natural environment? You can make a difference by supporting our work with a donation. However much you are able to give, your money will help the Environment Trust team to make projects happen. Donate It will ensure that more people from all parts of the communities here in South West London can get involved in improving and protecting the local environment and heritage where they live. Thank you for your support.