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Family Tree UK

November 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!

United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
you’re 1 (or 2) in a million (or more)…

Well I’m just blown away by the excellent articles in this issue’s Family Tree. From Chris Paton’s rigorous round-up of a vast collection of records to help you trace your ancestors’ whereabouts and land records in Ireland; to Lisa Edwards’ extremely poignant and perceptive investigation into the lives and homes of some of her kin who lived life literally on the breadline in Victorian Liverpool. They are lives that I recognise from several branches of my own family tree – and it makes you just stop and think about how relentlessly harsh it must have been for them, and just how lucky we are to be here today. Which brings me on to another topic this issue: Chris Broom’s reflections on the mighty tiny odds of any one of us being…

1 min
cwgc to care for british normandy memorial

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will maintain the new British Normandy Memorial from October, after it was opened in June following five years of work by the Normandy Memorial Trust. The memorial commemorates by name more than 22,000 service personnel killed while serving under British Command in Normandy in 1944. Now it is open to the public, CWGC has been appointed to ensure the Memorial’s upkeep in the coming years. Its gardeners, stonemasons and other specialist staff will take on the routine maintenance, inspections and care of the iconic site. Claire Horton CBE, Director General of the CWGC, said: ‘We are delighted that our partnership with the Normandy Memorial Trust continues. Our century of expertise in caring for some of the world’s most important memorials and commemoration sites stands us in…

2 min
see britain through the eyes of your ancestors

• Over 300,000 historical photographs are available to search online at Findmypast for the first time in partnership with The Francis Frith Collection • Covering all corners of the UK and beyond, the new resource enables family historians to add colour and context to their ancestor’s stories, witnessing sights and scenes of daily life from up to 150 years ago • Spanning 1860 to 1970, the Francis Frith collection provides a valuable photographic record of British life, chronicling over 100 years of dramatic change in vivid detail Will you find your ancestor’s home, street or place of work? The 300,000 historical photographs chronicle more than a century of British daily life in Victorian, Edwardian and 20th-century Britain and are now available to search online at FindMyPast. Spanning two centuries (1860 to 1970) and…

1 min
new appointments at agra

The two new appointments, both permanent posts, are communications officer and social media officer, to be undertaken by Jane Roberts and Joe Saunders respectively. Jane is a history graduate and AGRA Associate. In addition to her genealogy work, she is a former family history columnist for Yorkshire nostalgia magazine Down Your Way. She also edited the Huddersfield and District Family History Society journal. Joe works as a freelance historian on family, house and local history research projects. He is an Associate of AGRA and a Trustee and Outreach team member of the British Association for Local History. Antony Marr, AGRA Chair, said: ‘We are constantly looking at ways to move AGRA forward and develop our online presence and cope with the growing demands of social media. I welcome the appointment of Jane and…

1 min
new study sees a surge of brits return to handwriting

Ancestry’s poll reveals that handwriting has been in steady decline for the past decade, with 60% of people claiming they write less by hand than they did ten years ago. The study of 2,000 British adults also found that 49% prefer to write digitally, claiming that it is quicker (69%), more efficient (44%) and is how they normally communicate with others (29%). Meanwhile, thanks to the technology revolution, half of Brits aged 34 and under feel their social media profile is a better indicator of their identity than their handwriting. Despite this longer-term trend, the research also uncovered a recent resurgence in handwritten documents, with 91% of Brits claiming to have used handwriting more over the past year. Handwritten cards (72%) and shopping lists (71%) are the most popular penned items, followed by…

1 min
the future of family history societies

The new President of the Family History Federation, Dr Janet Few, is keen to see family history societies embracing the technology and the tactics that will ensure their success long into the future. In a recent interview with Family Tree, Janet Few expands on her ideas, and thoughts on the ways in which family history societies can benefit from virtual meetings – from larger audiences, to enabling members from worldwide to attend. Such an approach has the advantage of enlarging the pool from which committee members may be recruited too. In addition it may also open the doors of family history societies to the new and younger online communities of genealogists – a topic about which Janet Few is very passionate. Listen to Janet Few’s opening talk at the forthcoming Really…