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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

March 2020

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine not only explores the stories behind the popular BBC genealogy TV series, but also helps you uncover your own roots. Each issue is packed with practical advice to help you track down family history archives and get the most out of online resources, alongside features on what life was like in the past and the historic events that affected our ancestors.

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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

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1 min.
welcome

What were your forebears up to 100 years ago? It’s a question that historian and curator Helen Antrobus asks on page 16 as we turn our thoughts this month to the 1920s. It was such an iconic decade and, as Helen explains, you don’t have to wait for the release of the 1921 census next year to discover more about your family. We also investigate a crime from the 1920s on page 24 with Stephen Wade, who worked as an advisor on the BBC One series Murder, Mystery and My Family. There are plenty of records of major crimes in police archives and, as 100 years pass, those from the 1920s will start to become accessible. Going back another century, Simon Fowler explores a magazine that may reveal details of your 18th…

1 min.
get in touch

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contributors

HELEN ANTROBUS Helen works as a curator for the National Trust, and appeared on Michelle Keegan’s episode of WDYTYA?. She shares her love and knowledge of 1920s research on page 16. STEPHEN WADE As an experienced writer on the subject, Stephen shares some of his tips for investigating 20th-century crime on page 24, whether your ancestor was the victim or the perpetrator. DENISE BATES Denise is an author and social historian with a long-standing interest in child welfare. On page 70 she explores how society’s attitudes to children changed over time. COVER IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / WOMEN DRESSED IN COSTUME TRAVEL IN THE AUSTIN SEVEN CONVERTIBLE IN 1922…

2 min.
love in a time of war

As a child I saw a paper bag in my mother’s wardrobe full of letters and papers, but never knew what they were. Our only interest was in the old stamps on the envelopes, which we ripped off to add to our growing stamp collections. Dad died in 1990, and when Mum died in 2003 I took the crumpled bag of letters home not knowing what else to do with them, but certain that they must be kept safe. I joined ancestry.co.uk in 2008 with the bare bones of a family tree, and the search began. Over the years my tree has grown, but it has been a struggle without anyone to ask. This year I decided that the letters needed to be conserved, and not left in that crumpled paper…

8 min.
letters

WILLS AND PRIVACY I write this in answer to the letter from Anthony Morgan in the February issue saying that he would like to see recent wills less accessible to the general public. In fact, wills have always been a matter of public record, just like parish records. I can remember my granny often went to the local repository and paid 1s to look at friends’ and neighbours’ probate. Now admittedly this was in Scotland, but Somerset House had the same access I am sure. So, nothing has changed except that they are now accessible across the country digitally. The previous charge was an administrative cost; since technology has reduced the price of producing copies then the price should also reflect this reduction. Fiona Poulton, by email A TARGET FOR CRIME I agree with…

1 min.
who do you think you are?

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