'My mum fell out with her family quite a few years ago so I didn't know much about them, all I knew was that she had four brothers, her Dad was German and they lived in Abingdon in Oxfordshire - I didn't even know their first names.
I decided that the best place to start was by talking to my mum.
I found out that my grandma was originally called Muriel Thatcher and her mum, my great-grandma, was called Ena Fitzgerald. My uncles were called Nick, Simon, Gavin and Adrian and my grandad was called Erwin Ewald Herbert Reinhold Bosse! I thought my Grandma's line would probably be the easiest to do so that's where I began.
I signed up to Genesreunited which was really easy and started building my family tree there; just putting in the information that I knew.
I then started searching on Ancestry.co.uk. I just typed in Ena Fitzgerald in Oxfordshire and got a list of results.
I found out that Ena's middle name was Victoria and that I was named after this. She was born in June 1897 and she got married to Harry Thatcher in 1920. This was quite a find for me because my mum didn't even know her grandad's name was Harry.
I got the names of Ena's sisters and parents by looking at the 1901 census which showed me all the people who lived with Ena on that date.
I then just carried on searching for all the names using the different censuses and records and have now managed to go back to 1796.
I've discovered that my great-great-grandma was called Zilpah and other relatives were called Shadrach, Lot, Tozia and Lazarus - at least this narrows things down when I'm searching, although it does sound like the Dingle family from Emmerdale.
My great-great-great-grandma died during childbirth leaving her husband to bring up six children on his own, my great-great uncle Shadrach died when he was only 17 and I have two sets of twins in my family history!
I've also found relatives which are still alive and lines of my family I never knew. One of my very distant cousins not only went to the same university as me she is also doing a very similar course and lives next door to someone I met at university myself!
I've only looked at one line of my tree and I've found out loads of information for very little money. I think my nan and my grandad's family trees will be a lot harder to find because they're abroad but I've become addicted to finding out all about where I come from so it'll be a good challenge!'
Vicky Woollaston, 23, from Portsmouth
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