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I was pondering your question about Douglases in the North West of England, thinking that there were many more in the North East, but when I checked the Phone Book, I found 37 entries in and around Stockport! However, there are no 'Stockport's in my databse, as far as I can see.
So, clearly some work needs to be done here.
The advice usually given into how to research your family tree is to start with yourself, and work back.
Something I waited too long to do, was talk to my grandparents, great aunts, etc.
However, there are two different routes to follow:
a. Get all the evidence, birth certificates, death certificates and death notices/obituaries, marriage certiicates, etc, or
b. Just follow a trail cut by others. Search the web for others who have already done the hard work. (But see below)
Some like to follow a strict son of, son of, son of path. Others like to take the wider view, and learn about brothers, cousins, and even research those who died childless (ie with no descendants).
Start with a paper tree/chart, but consider a low cost database - here is a link to one: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/douglasgenealogy-21/detail/B000MQESHI" target="_blank">Create your own family tree
You can download a couple of charts here>>>
Once you have some details of an ancestor, post the details here - names, dates of birth, marriage, death, etc - and see what other have to offer in the way of connections.
A warning! There is every chance that details you download may be wrong. Yes! Even here in the Douglas Archives! Use what you find as a basis for further research. Many older posts online have since been updated elsewhere, so don't take the first thing you find as gospel - use it to help you research further.
I hope all this helps, and is not a turn-off? It is realyy good fun, and fascinating. There are so many people out there who are willing to help.
My family moved to Birkenhead on the Wirral but I have only just started to collate information regarding my family tree