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Who Do You Think You Are?

March 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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13 Issues


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The researchers who build the trees of the Who Do You Think You Are? celebrities are busy at work on the next series uncovering some fascinating stories for us all to enjoy. They are experienced, professional genealogists, but they hit the same brick walls that we all do – people disappearing from records, missing births and lost connections. What do they do when they come to a dead end? Turn to page 15 to learn the secrets to their success.Talking of celebrities, Danny Dyer revelled in discovering his royal ancestors. Although we probably all have a connection to royalty, the trick is in finding it. On page 25 Anthony Adolph explains how to build a robust link to the aristocracy that will delight your family.We’ve also got a masterclass…

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LAURA BERRYLaura famously broke the news to John Hurt that he was not Irish in 2007. Since then she has continued to break down brick walls for WDYTYA? celebrities. See how on page 15. ANTHONY ADOLPHAuthor of Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors, Anthony knows a thing or two about uncovering royal connections. Follow his advice on page 25 and take your tree to new heights! MARK SIMNERWhen he’s not writing books on military history or writing for us, Mark runs the Napoleonic and Victorian Wars forums. On page 54 he shares his considerable expertise on muster rolls. ■…

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middle name mystery

Rosemary’s maternal great grandmother Harriet Curran standing with her family, including (left) young Fannie Whiteside Curran I found the discussion of Victorian entertainers in your Focus On article about researching performers (February) very interesting, and it set me thinking about my maternal grandmother who was born in Birkenhead in 1882 and christened Fannie Whiteside Curran. I’ve spent a long time wondering where her middle name came from, as it seems very unusual; all her brothers and sisters (they were nine in all) had standard middle names.I can’t find any connection with Whiteside in Cumbria and, as far as I’m aware, there is no one with that surname in the family. So why did her mother, Harriet, choose it as a middle name? I did some more research and came…

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MEMORIES OF THE 223I have just received my copy of the February issue and read with interest the letter from Vicky Tomlinson about the diary of her grandfather, who fought in the 223 Siege Battery.My father-in-law Frank Pelham, also a gunner, served with the 223 Siege Battery from 1916 until 1920. We don’t have many photos of him, just a studio photo taken in his uniform, and one taken with one of his brothers, but what we do have is a lovely photo of the whole 223 Siege Battery, complete with guns, taken in June 1919 and titled British Army of the Rhine. The photograph is like the old photos that we had taken at school – it’s very long, measuring 42 inches x 10 inches. A copy of…

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gro increases charges for bmd records

Family historians will have to pay more for print and digital copies of birth, marriage and death records The cost of ordering copies of birth, marriage and death records from the General Register Office (GRO) is due to increase in February.The GRO website enables researchers to order copies of birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as digital copies of birth and death records, in England and Wales, dating from the introduction of civil registration in 1837: www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates.Increased charges for this service, which come into force on 16 February 2019, will see the cost of certificates rise from £9.25 to £11. The cost of the priority service, which allows delivery on the next working day, will rise from £23.40 to £35.PDF copies of birth and death records, introduced by…

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scotlandspeople releases more than 200,000 new civil records

This record of four-year-old Angela Best’s death is among the 200,000 civil records that have been added to the website ScotlandsPeople The new year brought good news for those with Scottish ancestry, when more than 200,000 civil records became available for the first time under data protection laws.At the end of 2018, records of 1918 births, 1943 marriages and 1968 deaths became legally accessible to the public. In January, the National Records of Scotland published these records on scotlandspeople.gov.uk.The new additions consist of 98,554 births, 38,271 marriages and 63,311 deaths. One of the most notable records is the birth of Muriel Sarah Camberg on 1 February 1918 in Morningside, Edinburgh. As an adult she became well-known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and many other…