Have you done this? Maybe been to the local museum or the library - what sort of results did you have?
I have visited cemeteries, and find that some has been quite useful as it confirms the date of death and often other family members. I take photos and transcribe them at home, and just take pictures of any surname that looks familiar.
As yet I have not done much else, but feel that I want to find out more...what I need is a local historian to meet me somewhere - they are always there on who do you think you are!
Interested in researching your family tree, some members share sites and experiences.
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Often the little local museums are run by volunteers but can be a mine of information about the village/town throughout it's history. These are often not open every day and so check for opening times before visiting.