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December 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.
a toast to the ancestors, to family history & to you

Well it’s been quite a year hasn’t it, and there can’t be a single one among us who isn’t pleased and relieved to have family history to escape to. Despite its Covid-related trials and tribulations – events cancelled, archives closed, family meetings too few and far between – there have been some silver linings to the 2020 cloud too, with perhaps (hopefully for you) more time to research, and numerous new talks and meetings online to take in and enjoy with fellow family history enthusiasts from around the globe. These are things that I am looking forward to us carrying on into the next year. So, as ever, let’s raise a glass to our ancestors and our dear families today, and I thank each and every one of you for…

3 min.
8 million welsh parish records on ancestry, myheritage & thegenealogist

The Welsh parish registers collection, newly available on Ancestry, MyHeritage and TheGenealogist, comprises registers for about 500 parishes digitised by the National Libary of Wales (NLW) and the Welsh County Archivists group, spanning 1538 to 1994. The vast collection of 8 million parish records includes the details for 14.5 million individuals and covers all 13 historic counties of Wales: Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire. Rhona Murray, Content Acquisition Manager at Ancestry comments: “The release of these records marks the first time that people with Church of Wales ancestors will be able to comprehensively go back beyond 1841 on the Ancestry websites. These records are an invaluable resource for anyone looking to research their family history in Wales and our ambition is to create…

1 min.
explore over 1.5 million individuals with norfolk parish record release

These records include high quality images to complement the transcripts, making them a valuable resource for those with ancestors from this area. The fully searchable records of church registers from parishes in Norfolk include records that reach back to the mid 16th century, so that you can find the names of forebears, their parents’ forenames, the father’s occupation (where noted), and the parish where the event took place in. This latest addition brings the total number of individuals in the parish records for Norfolk on TheGenealogist to over 11.5 million. These new parish records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.…

1 min.
explore 12,000 kent records - spotlighting ancestors at birth and death

FindMyPast’s recent record update comprises birth and baptism records covering several major parishes in the county of Kent Over 7,000 parish baptisms covering Sutton-at-Hone, Woolwich and St Mary Cray have been added to the FindMyPast’s Kent collection. You can explore these transcripts and images of original church registers to discovernew Kent family milestones. The records have been provided in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Kent County Council, Medway Archives, the North West Kent Family History Society and Val Brown. If your ancestor was laid to rest in Kent you can discover where and when they were buried, with over 5,000 new burials from the parishes of Eltham and Thames & Medway. The new additions complement FindMyPast’s Kent coverage which includes marriages and banns, wills and probate indexes and poor law union records. For a…

1 min.
over 2 million names included on new raf release from thegenealogist

The launch of this resource gives access to 71 new Air Force Lists from 1919 to 1945 with over 2 million searchable names. Air Force Lists are useful for family history researchers to see what the officer’s rank was in different years and, by looking at the letters written after his name in the list, they can tell you what medals your ancestor had been awarded. These join a large run of similar Army and Navy Lists and other military records on TheGenealogist. With 3,400 new photos in the latest War Memorials release, these new records include a number of schools and colleges including the Sevenoaks School where World War I former pupils who served are recorded as well as casualties and medals awarded to them. Other schools and colleges included in…

2 min.
heritage index reveals english towns with ‘heritage potential’

The RSA Heritage Index 2020, in collaboration with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, looks at which places have the most ‘heritage potential’, suggesting that they could use their heritage assets, especially to promote a post-Covid recovery in their local areas. The report argues that heritage does not need solely to focus on traditional, built assets, and that heritage also constitutes shared experience, local histories and ‘intangible’ heritage. In the context of new movements to rethink the history of England and the UK, the report calls for a new, inclusive approach to heritage. The index considers factors from listed buildings, levels of public participation, funding streams and more, to reflect the state of heritage in England today. Heritage Potential Ranking: Top 10 1. Castle Point2. Chorley3. Redditch4. Gravesham5. Rochford6. Tower Hamlets7.Broxbourne = Eastleigh8. Medway =…