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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? September 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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As we mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, many of us with ancestors who served during the conflict will want to find out more about the part that they played. Unlike First World War records, some of the most important resources you will need are not yet online, which makes Phil Tomaselli’s guide to researching Army ancestors even more important (page 16). It’s one thing to know you have a Second World War veteran in the family, but it’s something else to go all the way back to the English Civil War! Turn to page 49 where we reveal some fascinating online resources that may uncover a Cavalier or Roundhead in your tree. Finally, as series 16 of Who Do You Think You Are? reaches its…

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PHIL TOMASELLI Phil contributes to our Q&A section every issue (page 42), but this month he has also written a guide to researching your Second World War Army ancestors (page 16). ROSALIND CRONE As the project lead for the Open University’s Prison History website, there’s not much Rosalind doesn’t know about prison registers. Enjoy her fascinating masterclass on page 54. DAVID MENDOZA David is a highly respected expert on Sephardic genealogy and worked as a researcher on Mark Wright’s episode. Find out more about their records on page 63.…

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family threads

Researching your family’s origins can take you in all sorts of unexpected directions. When as a teenager I said to my mum that I’d like to know about our family history and we took our first tentative steps, neither of us could have imagined where that conversation would lead us. For my mother it resulted in a PhD and the publication of her first book. For myself it has prompted all sorts of creative explorations in how to tell the stories we were uncovering. One of the first lines we explored was a mother-daughter pair of suffragettes, whose stories had been passed down in pieces to us. Filling in the gaps and being able to set their activities into a wider context proved fascinating, and all sorts of other strands wove…

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BELFAST GAZETTE TIP I enjoyed the Record Masterclass on accessing Gazettes online in your August issue, and wanted to share another reason for using them. Of great value to those of us interested in Irish records is the listing of tenancies subject to the terms of various Land Acts. From the 1880s onwards they facilitated the transfer of millions of acres from primary landowners to qualifying occupiers. The 1925 Northern Ireland Land Act became the enabling legislation in the six counties, and the Belfast Gazette listed the tenancies to be purchased by the Land Commission, showing owners, tenants, postal addresses, and rental and annuity values. Pictured below is an extract from the Belfast Gazette of 14 December 1928 showing my grandfather’s tenancies for plots in the townlands of Mullyard and Ora Beg…

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