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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? July 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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Unlike census records, which have been fully digitised and can be searched via the main subscription sites, parish registers are only partially digitised with different collections available in different places, making it impossible to do a universal search. But don’t despair because we have trawled the internet to find the images and indexes that will take your research back hundreds of years (see page 16). From the genealogy giants to the labours of love, we’ve highlighted the websites you need to know about. And if we’ve missed one, write in and tell us about it! We’re also marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a fascinating article about one man’s search for the truth about the landings. Turn to page 26 to find out more, including how to apply for Second…

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CLAIRE VAUGHAN Having worked on Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine for 10 years, Claire is now a freelance journalist. On page 26 she meets military enthusiast Gary Sterne to talk about D-Day. PAUL BLAKE Paul is a well-known face on the family history circuit and has recently published Tracing Your Insolvent Ancestors. Turn to page 54 to learn from his masterclass on Probate Calendars. MARK CRAIL Having worked for a union 30 years ago, Mark saw the potential for family historians. He now runs the website unionancestors.co.uk. Find out how to use the records on page 63.…

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happy reader

I am writing to thank you and your team at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine for publishing my letter about my grandfather, John Thomson Brown (Q&A, April). In particular, I cannot thank you enough for forwarding the email sent by reader Graham Caldwell in Melbourne, who offered to help with my question. Graham is clearly an expert on researching First World War soldiers, and has carried out a huge amount of research on my behalf. As a result, my knowledge of my grandfather’s time during the war has taken a significant step forward. I was very impressed with three aspects of Graham’s expertise. Firstly, he explained that there were two regiments active during the First World War called the Royal Scots, a fact I was completely unaware of: the…

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HOW ILLITERATE WERE OUR ANCESTORS? I was interested in Alan Crosby’s explanation of the difficulties of writing with quill pens (Off The Record, June), because I’ve often wondered about this together with the supposed ‘illiteracy’ of our ancestors. When we see, for example, “John Smith X his mark” in marriage registers (the most likely records to have our ancestors’ signatures), we usually jump to the conclusion that they must have been illiterate. But was that necessarily the case? Perhaps they could read and, with care, write, but felt too embarrassed to attempt to write on an important official document under the watchful gaze of the vicar, with the high probability of blotting or smudging? Some years ago when registering the birth of one of our children I was asked to sign with a…

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records of china families go online

A new database of foreign nationals who lived in China between 1843 and the early 1950s is now available for free online. Chinafamilies.net was created by a team led by Prof Robert Bickers of the University of Bristol, who uncovered the records in the course of 15 years of research into foreign nationals in China. The searchable record sets include probate records, cemetery listings and names of Second World War prisoners. “I believe in putting information that I have had privileged access to online,” Prof Bickers told WDYTYA? Magazine. Western powers’ involvement in China dates back to the First Opium War of 1839–1842, which resulted in a defeated China ceding Hong Kong to Britain and opening up to trade with the British Empire, including the import of opium. In the 19th and 20th centuries tens…