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Family Tree UK Christmas 2019

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What a year it’s been for tracing our family trees! We’ve held the first-ever Family Tree Live in partnership with the Family History Federation and the show’s returning to Alexandra Palace April 2020 (Hurray! Get that date in your diary for two days immersed in all things family history). RootsTech crossed the Atlantic and was thoroughly enjoyed by many at ExCel, DNA tests continue to sell like hotcakes and websites impressively add millions and millions of new family history records to their collections for us to explore. What’s more, this is the year that Family Tree celebrates its 35th birthday – thank you so much to everyone for reading and supporting the magazine. It’s quite astonishing to think of the riches of records and resources we’ve all got to relish…

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New TV shows explore family roots Two new UK TV shows are exploring family history in a variety of ways, from food to DNA. A new four-part series on the BBC tracing family history through food is set to air from 6 December. Michela Chiappa’s Welsh Family Cookbook sees a celebrity chef help families to reconnect with their roots through the recipes passed down through the generations. Each episode Michela meets a new family and discovers the amazing family history and stories of each, as well as the delicious dishes they have inherited. In the first episode she helps a Welsh-Italian family (pictured here with Michela) trace their long lost cousins in Calabria, Italy, after revealing how their family came to live in Wales – the grandfather was an Italian prisoner of war…

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a christmas cracker from…

Meet the ‘Lord of Misrule’ this yuletide (or maybe not) with Susie Douglas, founder of Twitter’s popular #AncestryHour The festive period is steeped in many traditions drawn or adapted from bygone eras. Some are highly symbolic but one in particular just seems downright bonkers! Have you ever wondered why, after a good meal washed down with a goodly amount of Christmas ‘spirit’, we pull crackers, sit in silly paper crowns and tell appalling jokes? Well, it too is drawn from ages past and is all to do with ‘Misrule’. Particularly popular in the time of the Medieval Manor and Tudor Courts, the ‘Lord of Misrule’ (in Scotland the ‘Abbot of Unreason’) was appointed from the surfs or peasantry to preside over Christmas festivities. Under his command the usual social order was turned…

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1660 George I born at Hanover (28 March) 1714 Death of Queen Anne & accession of George I 1715 Jacobite rising & battles of Sheriffmuir & Preston 1720 Failure of the South Sea Company 1727 Death of George I & accession of George II 1737 War with Spain & capture of Portobello 1742 Britain enters War of Austrian Succession 1743 Battle of Dettingen. George II commands the army 1746 Battle of Culloden & defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie 1757 Battle of Plassey lays foundations of British India 1759 Capture of Quebec by General Wolfe 1760 Death of George II & accession of George III 1776 American Declaration of Independence 1783 Treaty of Paris ends the American Revolutionary War (September) 1783 Pitt the Younger becomes Prime Minister, aged 24 (December) 1789 French Revolution & Storming of the Bastille 1801 Union between Great Britain & Ireland 1805 Battle of Trafalgar and death of Nelson 1810 The future George IV becomes Prince Regent 1812 Spencer Perceval assassinated 1815 Battle of Waterloo and final defeat…

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getting back to the georgians

The Stuarts – ‘Finis’ When Queen Anne expired, on 1 August 1714, the curtain came down on the Stuarts. She was the last ‘recognised’ child of James II and had no surviving progeny. I say ‘recognised’ as James had a son, also James (b.1688), but he’d been raised a Catholic. The Act of Settlement (1701) confirmed that the English and Irish crowns could be settled on Protestants only. This meant the heir-presumptive was another lady, Sophia, the onetime Electress of Hanover (1692-1698), a granddaughter of the first Stuart monarch James I (through his daughter Elizabeth). Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out. Sophia died in June 1714, aged 83, just under two months before Anne died. Hanoverian Dawn When Sophia died, her son George Louis, who had been born in Hanover in 1660, and succeeded…

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trace your family back 300 years

The Georgian era commenced in 1714 with the accession of George I and the House of Hanover, and continued until 1830, or 1837 if the short reign of William IV is included. The five monarchs of this period – the four Georges and William – oversaw a dramatic evolution in the newly formed entity of Great Britain, following the Acts of Union between Scotland, England and Wales in 1707, which would expand further in 1801 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. While many might view the Victorian era as being the heyday of the British Empire, it was the Georgian era preceding it which was the midwife to its existence, as it expanded the worldwide trading networks first conceived by the Stuart monarchs before them. Unification Two major factors…