Key dates & places

This guide was last updated in 2009

You may discover clues about your ancestor’s time abroad or the country or countries they visited much closer to home.

Try talking to family members, reading old family letters, examining photographs of your ancestor at home or abroad, reading obituaries or gathering genealogical documents that prove your ancestor was in a particular country at a particular time.

Death records should tell you whether they died in the UK, and foreign addresses or friends still living abroad might be mentioned in a will. Passport applications and naturalisation papers produced at home or abroad may provide further clues as to where they came from, where they went, and why.

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