Friday, 30 October 2015

Your Family Tree issue 162 now on sale

The latest edition of Your Family Tree magazine is available in newsagents, with plenty packed in.

This month's cover feature looks at the history of fashion, whilst Doreen Hopwood investigates 'fallen women' and the moral double standards in Victorian society. There's a range of articles covering the length and breadth of Britain, including an article on Welsh nonconformism, the impact of industry on Norfolk, and the journey our own surnames have made.

Yours truly has also contributed an article on a topic not often discussed, namely the various courts to be found in Scotland that sat in judgement over us, from the commissary courts and sheriff courts, to the High Court of Justiciary and the church courts, to the franchise courts and those of the royal burghs. There's also a look at how to build a family history website, how to tackle surname distributions, the 1715 Battle of Preston, and a look at the occupation of an ostler.

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