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Family Tree UK November 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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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
don’t overlook the more recent chapters of your family story

Our Second World War ancestors sit on the fringes of history – an era that our grandparents, parents or even ourselves perhaps once lived through. We may have medals, photos and anecdotes handed down. We may have watched many films and documentaries, read many books on the era. Yet have we taken the time to research our family from the period thoroughly? Have we written down those much-loved stories? If not, then I recommend that we make this an autumn project without further ado. I’m the oldest of all my cousins, and had the chance to speak to my grandparents about their war years – I have the notes I asked them to make, the memories I remember being told. But until I write it up and share it, these…

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BLITZ HEROISM CAPTURED IN NEW ART COLLECTION To mark 80 years since the start of The Blitz, Ancestry, has commissioned a new collection of art depicting life during The Blitz and World War II The 80 pieces of art, available to view on www.ancestry.co.uk/Blitz80, are based on real-life stories discovered in wartime records that are available on Ancestry. The collection was inspired by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) which was established at the outbreak of World War II by the UK Government’s Ministry of Information. Its aim was to compile a comprehensive artistic record of Britain throughout the war and by the end of World War II, included 5,570 pieces. The original records are held at The National Archives, in Kew. Russell James, Family History expert at Ancestry, said: ‘As we mark the…

1 min.
is your name on the endangered baby names list?

Researchers at Flowercard used ONS data of baby names for girls and boys in England and Wales from 2000-2019, and then looked at a number of names that were popular in 2000 but had decreased in popularity dramatically in 2019, as well as a number of other names that are far less popular in recent years. Next, they calculated the percentage by which the popularity of the name had dropped from 2000 to 2019 to present their list of 100 endangered baby names above. See the full top 100 endangered baby names list on our website: http://familytr. ee/endangered…

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happy 20th cheshirebmd

From that first step – to establish Cheshire BMD in October 2000 – enlisting the help of South Cheshire Family History Society, the initative of the local registrar, and the programming skills of Ian Hartas, the BMD idea (to provide online access to local indexes) has continued to grow. Requests soon followed for similar schemes to be set up for other areas, and the remit expanded beyond just BMD sites. Explore it at www.ukbmd.org. ian hartas explains Check out episode 15 of the Family Tree podcast and hear Ian Hartas speak about the inspiration behind this 20 year venture: www.family-tree.co.uk/how-to-guides/family-tree-podcast/…

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world’s largest ever dna sequencing of viking skeletons may ‘rewrite the history books’

The six-year research project, published in Nature, debunks the modern image of Vikings and was led by Professor Eske Willerslev, a Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge, and director of The Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre, University of Copenhagen. The team of international academics sequenced the whole genomes of 442 mostly Viking Age men, women, children and babies from their teeth and petrous bones found in Viking cemeteries, as well as analysing the DNA from the remains from a boat burial in Estonia where they discovered that four Viking brothers died on the same day. The scientists have also revealed that male skeletons from a Viking burial site in Orkney, Scotland, were not actually genetically Vikings despite being buried with swords and other Viking memorabilia. Professor Martin Sikora, a lead author…

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rootstech goes global

RootsTech Connect 2021, which will be held on 25-27 February, will allow attendees around the world to hear from keynote speakers, attend dozens of classes in multiple languages, and browse a virtual marketplace. The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide,’ said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO, who also explained the reason for the move to a virtual event: ‘The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide. A virtual event also allows us to expand our planning to truly make this a global celebration of family and connection.’ Throughout the three-day online event, attendees will be able to interact with presenters, exhibitors, and other attendees through live chat and Q&A sessions. The conference will offer a combination of…