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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? June 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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If, like me, you’ve taken a DNA test, you will have noticed lots of ‘cousin matches’ among your results. However, all those names of 3rd and 4th cousins with no obvious connection to your tree can be overwhelming, and it’s tempting to ignore the lot of them. Who in this long list is worth following up? How do you even go about it, if they haven’t uploaded a family tree? We asked DNA guru Debbie Kennett those very questions and she shares her tips, starting on page 17. Mapping out ancestors on your genome might be tricky, but placing where they lived using Victorian maps has become a whole lot easier now that the National Library of Scotland has freely shared its map collection online (see page 26). It’s interesting to…

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DEBBIE KENNETT Not only does Debbie share some of her expertise in DNA testing on page 17 but her Twitter feed also gets a mention this month on page 51 in our article about bloggers. CHRIS PATON Chris is a well-respected genealogy blogger (see page 49) and this month reveals his tips to get more from free online maps (page 26) and Scottish freemen records (page 54). EMMA JOLLY After discovering family in India, Emma has written extensively on the subject, including her book Tracing Your British Indian Ancestors. On page 63 she explores British Empire resources. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / CHILDREN PLAY ‘BLIND MAN’S BLUFF’ IN HYDE PARK, LONDON, 1932…

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who’s the daddy?

I meant to send this to you sooner as the excellent Record Masterclass article on muster rolls was a couple of editions ago now (March 2019), but I have what I hope you might find an amusing story of how to use them forensically to solve a particular research problem – who’s the Daddy! My 3x great grandfather, Lewis McLean, was christened in Glasgow in 1813 as the son of John McLean, soldier in the 91st Regiment of Foot, and his wife Eleanor. Lewis was also the informant of his mother’s 1864 death in Denny at the alleged age of 91. Mysteriously, her death certificate stated that she was Helen McLean or Brown née Paterson and she had been the widow of a Joseph Brown, farmer. Further investigation revealed she had…

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LADY DAY MADE NEW Alan Crosby’s article ‘New Year confusion’ in the January edition rang a few bells relating to some research I did a few years ago. I was searching for details of my great grandfather Miller and his family. He, and a couple of his brothers, were baptised in a nonconformist church in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, in 1809/10 where I came across a reference to “Old Lady Day” which I had seen before but hadn’t taken notice of. As Alan commented, in England ‘Old Lady Day’ was 25 March in the Old Julian Calendar. It was the start of the New Year. In 1752 when the Gregorian Calendar was adopted there was a difference of 11 days. It was then adjusted to 6 April, which became ‘New Lady Day’. Lady Day was…

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the genealogist adds feature that places records on maps

Family history website thegenealogist.co.uk has unveiled a new feature allowing subscribers to compare maps of their ancestors’ homes back to the Victorian era. Map Explorer overlays 19th- and 20th-century maps of England, Scotland and Wales with modern-day Ordnance Survey (OS) and Bing maps as well as satellite photographs. It includes TheGenealogist’s exclusive Lloyd George Domesday Survey collection, as well as OS maps dating back to the 1890s. In a video released to publicise the new tool, Mark Bayley, head of development at TheGenealogist, said: “By viewing these historic maps on top of a modern-day equivalent you can see precisely where an ancestor’s property was located, and how the surrounding landscape has changed over time.” The tool also incorporates information about cemeteries and war memorials, so users can locate and view images and transcriptions of…

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kent parish registers published exclusively on findmypast

An exclusive collection of parish registers spanning over 400 years of Kent history is now available on the website findmypast.co.uk. The company has digitised over 3,000 handwritten registers containing more than 2.6 million baptism, marriage and burial records and banns following an exclusive deal with Kent History and Library Centre, announced last year. Paul Nixon, Findmypast’s UK data strategy manager, said: “With over five million indexed parish register entries for Kent, Findmypast really is the only show in town if your ancestors put down roots in the Garden of England.” The records reveal the many famous people who have lived in the county over the years. For example, they include the baptism of Sydney Hughes Greenstreet on 5 February 1880 at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Sandwich. Greenstreet became an…