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Who Do You Think You Are?

May 2019

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine not only explores the stories behind the popular BBC genealogy TV series, but also helps you uncover your own roots. Each issue is packed with practical advice to help you track down family history archives and get the most out of online resources, alongside features on what life was like in the past and the historic events that affected our ancestors.

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You won’t get a keener advocate of using newspapers in your research than me. I’ve uncovered first-hand accounts of the Boer War, tales of desperate poverty in Australia, legal cases, tragic deaths and much more. All stories that have helped to bring my family history to life – and you can do the same. Turn to page 15 for some inspiration and advice.I’ve also started dabbling in DNA recently to help my father-in-law track down his elusive grandparents. This new tool may be a game-changer for family history, but it comes with a whole new set of challenges. A team of academics from Manchester have travelled the globe to find out how family historians view these changes, and what the future may hold (page 25).I have to be honest,…

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DANIEL HEWITTDaniel has been researching his family history for over 10 years and has written for a variety of publications. On page 15 he shares some of his experience of using newspapers. JEROME DE GROOTHas DNA testing changed the way we think about ourselves? On page 25 Jerome shares the findings of the Double Helix History project at the University of Manchester. NICOLA MORRISAs well as researching Irish stories for both US and UK episodes of WDYTYA? , Nicola is a director of Timeline Research. Enjoy her masterclass on Griffith’s Valuation on page 54. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / A NEWSPAPER VENDOR WITH A POSTER CALLING FOR THE CONSCRIPTION OF ALL 20-YEAR-OLD MEN, 1939…

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scrapbook challenge

Susan has done a magnificent job of researching the photographs and postcards from the First World War that she bought at a book stall I had never done it before, bought someone else’s album. I was at a Western Front Association event browsing at the secondhand book stall. I was attracted by the postcards in the album, being a collector of old postcards in a small way. Inside the album were three First World War photos; four postcards showing a soldier with an inspiring, sentimental verse underneath, but no writing; and five postcards that had been written on.I naturally became curious. Who sent the cards, and who was in the photos? The majority of the cards were stamped “Received From H. M. Ship”. Apart from the birthday card they…

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CHANNEL ISLANDS FINDEvery so often I pump the name of an ancestor into Google and see what comes up. Since there are unusual family names on my mother’s side, this has been fruitful on a number of occasions and recently led me to a website that I thought was worth sharing, the Frank Falla Archive (frankfallaarchive.org).The Frank Falla Archive contains fascinating information about the men and women who were deported from the Channel Islands during the Second World War. It’s definitely worth a look if you have Channel Islands ancestry or are interested in this dark period of the islands’ history. The website has copies of documents revealing the story of each person documented. This is very useful, because a good deal of Channel Islands’ material is not yet…

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who do you think you are

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family search shuts down its centre at the national archives

The Family History Centre in London, located at The National Archives (TNA) in Kew, closed on 23 March, with TNA becoming a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.The centre, which opened at TNA in 2011, provided access to the online records at familysearch.org and one-on-one volunteer support.Brian McKechnie, Family History Centre logistics specialist at FamilySearch, told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine that the decision to close the centre had been made following a drop in visitor numbers of about 40 per cent over the past five years, because people increasingly access family history records at home.He added that approximately 75 per cent of visitors didn’t require personalised assistance from the FamilySearch volunteers, and the number of full-time volunteers at the centre decreased from eight to four in the same period.…