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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? August 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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By the time you read this, the 16th series of Who Do You Think You Are? will be in full swing. If you’ve picked up this magazine because you’ve been inspired by the TV series to dip your toe into the waters of genealogy, then my article on page 16 will help you take your first steps. We’ve also got an article on commercial travellers to tie in with Jack and Michael Whitehall’s episode (page 57), as well as a guide on page 87 to some of the records uncovered in Daniel Radcliffe’s episode. Don’t forget that we’ll be covering the episodes in more depth online and via social media so log in, follow us and sign up to our email newsletter at www.whodoyouthinkyou aremagazine.com/newsletter. I have also had the pleasure…

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NICK BARRATT Nick is well known for his work on the early episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? He’s a passionate advocate of family history, and on page 22 shares plans to encourage collaboration. PAUL BLAKE Having written a book on tracing insolvent ancestors, Paul was the perfect choice to write a masterclass on The Gazette (page 54) where you will find bankrupts and more. JANETTE MARTIN Janette is an archivist at the John Rylands Library in Manchester and has curated an exhibition on Peterloo that runs until the end of September. Read more on page 70. COVER IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES / CHILDREN ON THE BEACH AT CLACTON-ON-SEA IN ESSEX, JUNE 1922…

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parish gold

Jad Adams’ lead story in the Summer issue’s Behind the Headlines section (‘1793: France declares war on Britain’) reminded me of my late, much loved, grandmother. No, that was not the year of her death or birth! Gran was born in Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire, and it was while reading the parish records on microfilm at the local Family History Centre, some eight years ago now, that I came across Rector Charles Francis. He annotates his entries with a synopsis of the year’s more momentous events. They give fascinating glimpses of history, and the views of ordinary people. The item you reminded me of is on Ancestry (page 25 of the register at bit.ly/anc-dulcis): “The preceding year, 1798, has been marked by events, that evince the extreme Nefariousness of French Treachery, to…

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THE HEARTH OF THE MATTER I’ve been catching up on reading your magazine, and wish to say that I found Alan Crosby’s Focus On article on taxation records in the April issue very interesting. Reading it reminded me of a lingering question arising from my own research. One branch of my family was mainly in Nottinghamshire, which is thought to have some of the most complete hearth tax records in the country, gathered together in a book in Nottinghamshire Archives’ reference section. This holds two lists, one each for 1664 and 1674. The premises with the largest number of hearths in Newark-on-Trent was occupied by William Twentyman at the Saracen’s Head Inn on the Market Place. In 1664 he paid 28s for 14 hearths which by 1674 has risen to 16 hearths. In 1678…

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