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Family Tree UK

February 2021

Learn how to trace your family tree! Every issue is packed with: family history research advice hands-on learning experiences to help you become an ancestor super-sleuth & step-by-step guides to show you the path to tracing the past. From vintage documents to the latest in DNA, we’re here to help you discover more! Get the latest in genealogy news, software, books, archives and expert answers. Plus enjoy those reader stories that remind what it means to trace your family story. Research & remember your roots with Family Tree!

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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
connecting with kin worldwide

So often in family history separate elements come together as though they had ‘been a plan all along’, and to me this hints at how connected we all are – and how much we can benefit if we join together in our family history endeavours even more. _ ere are so many things we can look forward to in 2021, each on the theme of ‘connecting with kin’: from Chris Paton’s approachable new book on the subject of sharing family history online (see his article on the same topic this issue), to RootsTech Connect – taking place in February, on the web, and in which family historians from around the globe are invited to take part FREE. From the new Family Tree Study Club, which held its first meeting for…

2 min.
new statistics reveal the most common age for childbirth for women born in 1974

Rachel Bellerby reports on the latest genealogy news. NEWS Got a story to share? Email editorial@family-tree.co.uk The new data revealed that: • Women in England and Wales born in 1974, who completed their childbearing in 2019, had on average 1.92 children, a slight increase on women born in 1973 (1.89 children)• Nearly half (49%) of women born in 1989 (the most recent cohort to reach age 30 years) remained childless by their 30th birthday, compared with 38% for their mothers’ generation and just over a fifth for their grandmothers’ generation (1961 and 1934 cohorts respectively)• The most common age at childbirth for women born in 1974 was 31 years, an increase compared with 23 years for their mothers’ generation born in 1948• Two-children families remain the most common family size (37%) but…

1 min.
a monumental achievement in banffshire heritage

Back in 2015, work began on recording the inscriptions on gravestones in Fordyce kirkyard, in association with Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society. The initial transcription phase was followed by further work to check the accuracy of each record, with volunteers turning out at regular intervals and in every weather. Despite careful planning, the project was not completed without a few hiccups. A chance beam of sunshine brought to light a surprisingly recent stone which had been gradually enveloped by the dense branches of a yew tree. Then, with initial readings already taken, a long drought revealed the existence of previously unknown stones lying beneath the turf. The booklet is price £3 and is available to purchase from the Salmon Bothy online shop at https://familytr.ee/fordyce…

1 min.
‘vast new online collection’ created thanks to lockdown volunteers

The new collection, Scotland Monumental Inscriptions, is the result of a project that involved volunteers spending hundreds of hours during the Covid-19 lockdown transcribing the details found on over a million headstones and memorials across Scotland. The new online resource enables FindMyPast subscribers to take digital tours through the cemeteries and graveyards of Scotland from their own home. Users can virtually visit the final resting places of ancestors and famous Scots alike, to read epitaphs and uncover family and biographical details. Spanning almost 1,000 years of history with records dating back to 1093, the digital archive covers over 800 burial sites in 688 parishes (80% of the nation) across all 34 historical Scottish counties. The resource is the result of a collaborative project between Findmypast and volunteers at ten Scottish local and national…

1 min.
britain’s first known 5th-century mosaic discovered in gloucestershire

The results reveal that a mosaic was created in the middle of the 5th century, long after villas like Chedworth were thought to have been largely abandoned. The dating shows that sophisticated life had continued within this luxury mansion, decades after Britain ceased to be part of the Roman Empire and the country had entered the ‘Dark Ages’. The 5th-century mosaic has an intricate design comprising an outer border with a series of circles in ‘guilloche’ (a braided band) alternately filled with flowers and knots. However, the mosaic is of poorer quality than the well-made mosaics dating to the late 4th century in Chedworth Roman Villa, and contains several mistakes in its design, possibly evidence that the mosaicists had become less skilled by this time. The mosaic, along with some other mosaics in…

1 min.
exploring a century of history with imperial war museums

The transformed Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London will reopen to the public, as well as a new exhibition featuring the photography of Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge. IWM will also be marking 20 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York with events and new acquisitions. Next year will also see the iconic sculptures, originally toured as Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window, return to IWM North and permanently displayed for the first time. Website: www.iwm.org.uk…