Family tree success for Lyme Regis man

PUBLISHED: 06:44 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

WHEN a Lyme Regis man started his family tree he never expected to find distant relatives including one living in the same area.

WHEN a Lyme Regis man started his family tree he never expected to find distant relatives - including one living in the same area.Phil Taylor, 54, made the discoveries while carrying out research on his ancestry - which he started a year ago.Mr Taylor, of Church Street, said: "I liked history at school and have always been interested in my family background. "I knew very well to start with that we didn't come from this part of the country, especially on my mother's side."It's been interesting but there have been no real skeletons in the cupboard. But I did find one relation changed his religion from Church of England to Catholic, purely on the basis of getting work."Phil, who has gone as far back as 1743 on his father's side, said he learned life was more difficult then and it has made him appreciate modern-day luxuries more.He told how one relative died when he broke his leg and caught pneumonia while in his early 20s.Phil, a volunteer at LymeNet, said he carried out most of his research on the internet. He said: "If people are interested in tracing their family tree, the best thing to do is to start with asking other family relatives about the history - before it's too late."Look at family photos, use the record office - the Dorset one offers free information - and use the internet."He said people could reach him at the centre if they had any questions on how to get started. LymeNet offers free internet lessons. For more information, call (01297) 444 570.

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