I have just recently began my search to find my family history. I traced back using the family tree app my great, great, great great Grandfather; Benoit (Benedict) Spennewyn, but cannot seem to get further than this.

How do I find where he lived to search local records?

I do know I have strong British, French, and Belgian ancestry.

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    Your question is very broad. Which app? What has it given you? How do you know it is correct? Why do you think Ancestry would help? It would help if you gave more detail.
    – Chenmunka
    Dec 25, 2023 at 10:49
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    How much an Ancestry.com membership will help you is a matter of opinion which may lead to votes for the closure of your question. I think you should focus your question on finding the birth family of Benoit (Benedict) Spennewyn. What do you already know about him?
    – PolyGeo
    Dec 26, 2023 at 8:21
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    – Jan Murphy
    Dec 28, 2023 at 2:34
  • I agree with the previous comment that your question is very broad. Searching records in France, Belgium, and England all require different knowledge. Take a look at other questions on the site about immigrant ancestors to see if any of the methodology helps you. You can edit your question at any time to make it more specific. Also see genealogy.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask and genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/3625/1006
    – Jan Murphy
    Dec 28, 2023 at 3:13

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The Geneanet site could be of help, it's very popular in France.

I've found 2 occurences of Benoit (Benedict) Spennewyn :

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