About Abbie Lee Black
Abbie L. Black is an Assistant Genealogist working on the European Team at ProGenealogists,’s official research firm. Abbie received her degree in Family History and Genealogy from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on British research and paleography. She is currently working towards receiving her certification from The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. For more information on ProGenealogists, please visit

Articles by Abbie Lee Black

Case Study: Census, Civil Registration, Parish Registers, and Wills

Posted on May 10, 2014 in Research

Now that I’ve shown you what civil registration, census records, parish registers, and wills are all about in the United Kingdom and specifically England, it’s time to put it all into practice with help of’s collections. We will do a case study of a family in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. We started with just a… Read more

Probate in the United Kingdom: An Overview

Posted on April 18, 2014 in Site, Research

After finding your ancestors in civil registration, census records, and parish registers, there are many different record types that are widely available for the UK. When I’m doing research, I usually look for probate records, and specifically wills, of my ancestors at this stage in the research process.   UK Wills and Probate Before 1858… Read more

Use England Parish Registers To Research Ancestors Pre-1837

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Site, Research

Continuing on with my previous post, civil registration and census records are usually the place I turn first when starting my research in the UK. These records can be used together to create an accurate snapshot of a family group in the mid-19th century to late 20th century. Before 1837, parish registers are most commonly… Read more

Record Collections to Start Your UK Family History Research

Posted on April 7, 2014 in Research, United Kingdom

Whether your ancestors are immigrants from the UK, or have lived across the pond their entire lives, there are a few collections available that can help you start your research. When I am doing preliminary research on a family originating in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century, there are two record… Read more

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