Family Tree June is on sale now! With so many fascinating clues to be found; relations to interview, brick walls to conquer and free websites to explore there is always something new to discover, which is what we love about family history! This issue we’ll help you to make those discoveries without parting with a penny as we feature free websites for military history. Plus, we have seven key steps to help solve your brick walls, top 20 questions you need to ask your relations and our handy pull-out guide is the perfect way to start creating a life story by recording vital facts and precious memories.
Also inside this issue: marriage certificates; parish records; Devon FHS; Royal Mail history; newspapers; Huguenot weavers; your stories; & much, much more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist!
- 25 free military websites for family historians Simon Fowler gives you the lowdown on his favourite free websites to help you to trace your military ancestors and learn about their service.
- This is the family history life story of… Create a wonderful family history keepsake using our exclusive pull-out guide.
- Dissecting marriage certificates In our essential new series on civil registration records, David Annal explains how to gain valuable ancestral clues from marriage certificates – and spot those red herrings!
- Interviewing relatives Relatives often have information that can help take your family tree back 100 years, as Rachel Bellerby explains in our beginner’s guide to carrying out a successful family history interview.
- 7 steps for dealing with brick walls Chris Paton describes how brick walls can be as much of an opportunity as they can be a hindrance…
- Secrets from the parish chest Join John Titford as he dusts off the parish records to uncover some treasured snippets.
- Spotlight on… Devon Family History Society Celebrate family history societies and all they have to offer the family history world with our new feature by Rachel Bellerby, who starts with delightful Devon.
- First Post Ruth A Symes looks back over 500 years of the Royal Mail and our ancestors’ love affair with letters.
- Memories & melodies Share in the family history memories of Valentine Jones and glean a few tips on writing up your own family’s tales.
- Surprising seafarers… Discover a colourful tale of murders, trials, shipwrecks, romance and even cannibalism as Sarah Lee traces the Braggs of Cumberland.
- In the news Val Davies flicks through the pages of history to reveal a rich seam of stories to be found in local newspapers about our ancestors’ lives… and demise.
- My Huguenot weaving ancestors Refugees and economic migrants are nothing new, as Adèle Emm learned when she uncovered the story of the Sodo/Sodeau family and their fight for survival.
- Commemoration street Sophie Pigott explores what happened to the families of one street during the Great War, revealing that their experiences were far from ordinary.
- Twiglets Latest exploits from our tree-tracing diarist Gill Shaw.
- Heroes of Ipswich Simon Wills talks to a couple of dedicated researchers about their war memorial project.
- In search of Crusaders After finding Medieval graffiti within the walls of her home, Hilary Townsend set out to discover her knight in shining armour.
- Thoughts on… Diane Lindsay enjoys a spot of photo restoration.
Regulars: Genealogy news; Dear Tom – genealogical miscellany; Your Q&A, including photo-dating & military advice; Reviews of the latest books, CDs & apps; Mailbox – your letters; Diary dates.
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My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts Monday 17th May - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923, Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.